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George Edwards (screenplay)
Steve Krantz (story)
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Release Date:
21 November 1977 (Sweden) See more »
A love affair with the supernatural. See more »
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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  (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
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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Also Known As:
"Blood Ruby" - , USA (working title)
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85 min | USA:96 min (TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)
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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Includes a scene reworking the "spider-walk" sequence cut from the original version of The Exorcist (1973).See more »
Anachronisms: Set in 1951, the drive-in shows Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) seven years too early.See more »
Movie Connections:
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The Paranormal Drive-In Massacre…, 27 October 2015
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Raw and gritty horror/exploitation movies from the glorious '70s decade simply can't start any better than "Ruby" does… With a fuzzy and soundless flashback, set in the mid-1930s, and witness the promenade of two young lovers in a Florida swamp area. Suddenly a car drives up and the four passengers that come out relentlessly execute the boy, Nicky, who apparently was an over-ambitious mobster. Now that's what I call an opener, and it even gets better, as we fast-forward to the year 1951 at a typical drive-in theater where a projectionist guy in his cabin inexplicably gets killed by his own film reel! Great stuff, but then of course the script has some explaining and character drawings to do, and the whole thing quickly crumbles apart like a cookie! It turns out that the murdered mobster's girlfriend Ruby now runs a drive-in and actually employs the retired assailants. Apparently Nicky extracts his vengeance from beyond the grave and to obtain this he also possesses the mind and body of their now 16-year- old daughter Leslie that he never saw getting born. So basically what we have here is a miscellany of gangster movie with revenge-flick and spiritual possession elements, and all this is served to us by an over-the-top bizarrely behaving Piper Laurie who was clearly asked to come across as unnerving as she did in last year's box office hit "Carrie"! I will gladly admit that I personally stopped paying attention to the incoherence and numerous holes in the script, and simply tried to enjoy the crazy murder sequences and wonderfully trashy atmosphere and scenery as much as I possibly could. Quite frankly I can't explain why little Leslie walks around like a spider just as Linda Blair did in "The Exorcist", or what exactly is the added value of Roger Davis' character, or even whether or not it gets revealed that Ruby did betray her lover all those years ago. Fact remains, however, that "Ruby" contains a handful of awesome moments that are simultaneously odd, cheesy and disturbing! Mobster bodies' are being tossed around and smashed against trees, the flamboyant Ruby spies on her drive-in employees through a telescope whilst being drunk and one poor sucker even ends up hacked up in a soda vending machine. Perhaps director Curtis Harrington ("Queen of Blood", "Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?") and his crew could have done even more with the smart drive-in setting, but they already include a couple of atmospheric moments, like for example when Ruby finds herself all alone in the middle of the drive-in parking and haunted by her murdered lover's voice coming out of all the separate speakers. In conclusion, "Ruby" most certainly isn't a good movie if you analyze or review it thoroughly, but it contains multiple strong moments and memorable details to make it a must-see for admirers of 70s horror cinema (drive-in classics and otherwise)

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