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Jess Tyler
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Kady Tyler
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Judge Rauch
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Belle Morgan
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Wash Gillespie
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Moke Blue
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Rev. Rivers
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Mrs. Helen Gillespie
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Mr. Gillespie
Paul Hampton ...
Norton
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Ed Lamey (as Buck Flower)
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Janey Tyler
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Bridger
John O'Conner White ...
Billy Roy
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Orson Welles, as judge Rauch, holds a lengthy trial against Jess Tyler, a caretaker deserted by his wife ten years before, who's accused of improper relations with his daughter Kady. Complications follows when Wash, father of Kady's baby, comes back to take her away. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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From the author who gave you "The Postman Always Rings Twice"..."Double Indemnity"..."Mildred Pierce" ...Now, his most powerful and daring love story comes to the screen! See more »

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This movie was made and released about thirty-five years after its source novel "The Butterfly" by 'James M Cain' was first published in 1947. The movie dropped the word "The" from the book's title. See more »

Quotes

Kady Tyler: That feels so good, Jess. Good, good hands... What's wrong?
Jess Tyler: It ain't right.
Kady Tyler: Feels good to me. Does it to you?
Jess Tyler: It just ain't right.
Kady Tyler: It's right if it's good.
Jess Tyler: You're my daughter, Kady.
Kady Tyler: I'm a woman, too.
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Referenced in Butterfly: The Steamy Saga of a Cult Classic (2008) See more »

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Silver on the Sage
Sung by Johnny Bond
Written by Ralph Rainger (uncredited) and Leo Robin (uncredited)
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What would James M. Cain have thought??
5 April 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Adaptation of James M. Cain's book "The Butterfly" won Pia Zadora a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer before anyone had even screened the film, setting into motion an awards-show controversy that is far more interesting than anything in this movie. Shabby potboiler has a sexy teenager in 1930s Arizona reuniting herself with a man who may be her long-lost father; that doesn't stop her from seducing him, which leads to dirty doings, a murder, and a final act in the courthouse (with Orson Welles as the judge!). Co-screenwriter Matt Cimber also directed the picture, but he fails to create a depiction of this time and place that is half-way realistic, preferring to let Zadora's sexual antics carry the load. She isn't terrible, yet her cameo in "Hairspray" a few years later far exceeds anything she does here. *1/2 from ****


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