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Director:
Writers:
George Edwards (screenplay)
Steve Krantz (story)
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Release Date:
21 November 1977 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A love affair with the supernatural. See more »
Plot:
Sixteen years after Ruby Claire's gangster boyfriend was shot and killed by four associates, a series... See more » | Add synopsis »
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RUBY (Curtis Harrington, 1977) **1/2 See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Piper Laurie ... Ruby Claire

Stuart Whitman ... Vince Kemper

Roger Davis ... Dr. Paul Keller
Janit Baldwin ... Leslie Claire
Crystin Sinclaire ... Lila June
Paul Kent ... Louie

Len Lesser ... Barney
Jack Perkins ... Avery
Eddy Donno ... Jess (as Edward Donno)
Sal Vecchio ... Nicky Rocco
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Jake Miller (as Fred Kohler)
Rory Stevens ... Donny
Raymond Kark ... First Man
Jan Burrell ... First Woman
Kip Gillespie ... Herbie
Tamar Cooper ... Woman 'A'
Patricia Allison ... Pick-up Man's Wife
Stu Olson ... Man 'A'
Mary Margaret Robinson ... Mae Belle (as Mary Robinson)
Michael Alldredge ... Sheriff's Wife's Date

Allison Hayes ... The Fifty-Foot Woman (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Gordon ... Dr. Isaac Cushing (footage from 'Attack of the 50 Foot Woman') (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Curtis Harrington 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Edwards  screenplay
Steve Krantz  story
Barry Schneider  screenplay

Produced by
George Edwards .... producer
Steve Krantz .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Don Ellis 
 
Cinematography by
William Mendenhall (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William P. Magee  (as Bill Magee)
 
Casting by
Harriet B. Helberg 
 
Art Direction by
Tom Rasmussen 
 
Set Decoration by
Charles D. Tomlinson 
 
Costume Design by
Tom Rasmussen 
 
Makeup Department
Jeff Angell .... hair stylist (as Jeffrey B. Angell)
Jeff Angell .... makeup artist (as Jeffrey B. Angell)
Joe Blasco .... makeup consultant
Cid Urrutia .... hair stylist
Cid Urrutia .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Frank Beetson .... production supervisor
Brice Mack .... post-production supervisor
Penny L. Vaughn .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Donahue .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard Karie .... property master
Alfred Shelly .... assistant prop man
 
Sound Department
Fred J. Brown .... sound effects (as Fred Brown)
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer (as Bill Kaplan)
Lorane Mitchell .... sound effects
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Alfred Shelly .... assistant special effects
 
Stunts
Eddy Donno .... stunts (as Edward Donno)
Jackson B. Johnson .... stunts
Alfred Shelly .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Dirlam .... best boy (as John Dirlan)
Jim Dyer .... dolly grip
Michael E. Matteson .... best boy
Ken Miller .... key grip
Lawrence Purcell .... electrician (as Lawrence C. Purcell)
Peter Saxby .... gaffer
David Trainor .... assistant camera (as David O. Trainor)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kelly McGowan .... assistant wardrobe mistress
Sherrie R. Norris .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Marty Stanovich .... assistant editor (as Martin A. Stanovich)
 
Music Department
Joan Biel .... music editor
Don Ellis .... arranger
Don Ellis .... conductor
 
Other crew
Tony Crechales .... production assistant
Michael Dale .... set assistant
Robert Evans .... auditor (as Robert J. Evans)
Betty Goldberg .... script supervisor
Leslie Sue Rosen .... craft service
Vicki Rothman .... secretary to executive producer
Elizabeth A. Shipman .... production coordinator
John W. Swain III .... location manager
Jim Weatherwax .... set assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Blood Ruby" - , USA (working title)
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Runtime:
85 min | USA:96 min (TV version)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)
Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1977) | France:12 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
Includes a scene reworking the "spider-walk" sequence cut from the original version of The Exorcist (1973).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The story takes place in 1951, but Ruby's drive-in has a wide screen, two years before wide screens were being built.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Terror on Tape (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love's So EasySee more »

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RUBY (Curtis Harrington, 1977) **1/2, 12 June 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

The title of this film and Piper Laurie's presence clearly derive from CARRIE (1976) – though I was misled into thinking that Ruby was the possessed child rather than the mother. While I'm not sure the EXORCIST trappings were really necessary, these actually extend to only a couple of scenes…and one has to understand that the notorious 'spider walk' from the 1973 classic – depicted here (but more on this later) – wasn't officially a part of the film until its 2000 re-edit! Incidentally, the irate-father-speaking/murdering-through-his-child angle was also seen in Mario Bava's contemporaneous SHOCK (1977).

RUBY, therefore, is silly but quite effective scene-by-scene and, anyway, it certainly provides a unique mixture of supernatural horror with the typical gangland milieu. The drive-in theater element (showing ATTACK OF THE 50-FOOT WOMAN [1958] years before it was actually made; the story is ostensibly set in 1951!), then, renders the proceedings even trashier (especially with the participation of a sluttish habitué) – while, at the same time, serving as a comment on the genre itself.

The swamp (and period) setting supply the requisite atmosphere: Laurie's bitter but still-attractive torch singer/aspiring film-star/gangster's moll dominates her associates (the very same gang that killed her lover at the start of the picture!) but obviously clings to the past – linking the film to Harrington's earlier horror outing WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN? (1971). The odd-looking Janit Baldwin is perfectly cast as the mediumistic girl, especially creepy when the dead gangster – through her – confronts Laurie with his suspicions that the latter set him up. Stuart Whitman is a likable ageing hero, and Roger Davis rises to the occasion as a paranormal expert.

Unfortunately, the special effects and gore are cheaply done and the ending (different from Harrington's original conception) somewhat abrupt; though the version on the VCI DVD I purchased is credited as being the "Director's Cut", it's still missing some footage…but, at least, is free of other additions requested by the producers (reportedly the work of Stephanie Rothman) for the film's Network TV showings.

The disc includes an hour-long career overview with director Harrington and film critic David Del Valle, which is extremely interesting: it touches upon some of the films I watched in tribute to his recent passing, but also a number of others (including the TV stuff) which are still very rare to come by. Besides, he fondly reminisces about his encounters with several film legends such as Alfred Hitchcock, Josef von Sternberg, Orson Welles and James Whale (let's not forget that Harrington is the man responsible for saving the latter's delightful THE OLD DARK HOUSE [1932] from oblivion) – all of whom, incidentally, are among my own personal favorites!

The Audio Commentary is similar to the one for Harrington's NIGHT TIDE in that, apart from denoting locations where specific scenes were shot (which would mean very little to a foreigner like myself!), the director seems to be fuzzy on many production details. However, what he didn't forget – or forgive, for that matter – is his strained relationship with the film's executive producer, Steve Krantz (whom Harrington even describes as "evil"): he never misses an opportunity to put him down – berating Krantz for his stinginess, for imposing a mediocre cameraman on him and, needless to say, for ruining his 'poetic' ending! The director also remarks about the remarkable longevity of horror classics vis-a'-vis mainstream productions from Hollywood's Golden Age, and recalls the Karloff/Lugosi vehicle THE RAVEN (1935) as having been his introduction to the genre. Incidentally, the RUBY Commentary is a lot more animated than that of NIGHT TIDE – thanks to the enthusiastic contribution of star Piper Laurie, even if she's critical of her own performance at this juncture (and blames the tight schedule for it). As for the 'spider walk', it emerges that this eerie contortionist effect wasn't borrowed from THE EXORCIST at all – but rather from a Salvador Dali painting about a psycho-physiological condition known as the Hysterical Arch!

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