It's 1944 in the small town of Gregory, Texas. Divorcée Nita Longley has been brought into the town by the telephone company to work as its switchboard operator, a job which requires her to be at the switchboard day and night. She was originally told by her boss Mr. Rigby that this job would only be a stepping-stone to a more lucrative job with regular working hours, which Mr. Rigby seems to be reneging on since he has now told her that her position is frozen due to the war. As such, Nita feels trapped by this situation. Nita lives in the telephone switchboard office building with her two sons, adolescent Harry and infant Henry. Because of her marital status, many of the townsfolk, especially the men, view Nita either with contempt or as a loose woman. One evening, Teddy Roebuck, a sailor on a four day furlough who is hitchhiking back to his home in Ardmore, Oklahoma, stops by to make a telephone call. When he learns that the reason for his trip home no longer exists, Teddy decides to... Written by
Academy Award Winner SISSY SPACEK in a suspense-filled drama about being a mother, being alone, being afraid, and being strong enough to face the truth.
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Did You Know?
The meaning and relevance of this film's Raggedy Man
(1981) title is that a "raggedy man" can be defined as a "a scuzzy rag-picker", a description that in the film applies to the character Bailey played by Sam Shepard
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When Teddy is holding his shoes out after the boys clean them, he is holding the right shoe in his left hand and the left shoe in his right hand as they would appear if being worn on the wrong feet. In the next shot, they are reversed. See more
The Lady's In Love With You
Performed by Benny Goodman
Courtesy of MCA Records
Written by Burton Lane
(uncredited) and Frank Loesser
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