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Heller in Pink Tights (1960)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Romance | 1 March 1960 (USA)
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Story of theatrical troupe that travels through the Old West.


George Cukor


Dudley Nichols (screenplay), Walter Bernstein (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Angela Rossini
Anthony Quinn ... Thomas 'Tom' Healy
Margaret O'Brien ... Della Southby
Steve Forrest ... Clint Mabry
Eileen Heckart ... Mrs. Lorna Hathaway
Ramon Novarro ... De Leon
Edmund Lowe ... Manfred 'Doc' Montague
George Mathews ... Sam Pierce
Edward Binns ... Sheriff Ed McClain
Warren Wade Warren Wade ... Hodges
Frank Silvera ... Santis
Boyd Holister Boyd Holister ... McAllister (as Robert Palmer)
Leo V. Matranga Leo V. Matranga ... Gunslinger #2
Cal Bolder Cal Bolder ... Goober
Taggart Casey Taggart Casey ... Gunslinger #1


Nineteenth century Wyoming: the wild West. Mild-mannered Tom Healy has a two-wagon theater troupe hounded by creditors because Angela, his leading lady and the object of his affection, constantly buys clothes. In Cheyenne, they meet with applause, so they hope to stay awhile: the theater owner likes Angela, and she keeps him on a string. She's also the object of the attentions of Mabry, a gunslinger who's owed money by the richest man in Bonanza. Complications arise and the troupe heads for Bonanza, through hostile Indian territory. Is the troupe doomed to a peripatetic life, is Mabry in danger, and does Tom stand a chance with Angela, a hellion in pink tights? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some men tamed the West with lightning guns...others with iron fists...but one woman held the West in the palm of her hand...lying, cheating, kissing, repenting and kissing again...from Virginia City to Cheyenne! See more »


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George Cukor wanted John Gavin for an unspecified role. See more »


When Mabry is pursuing the wagons, shots of him from the front show his shadow going uphill to the right of screen. Shots of the wagons from the front show their shadows going to the left of the screen. This would indicate that they are going in opposite directions. See more »


Thomas 'Tom' Healy: [upon being kissed by Angie] Is that for something you did, or something you're gonna do?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Devil Doll (1997) See more »

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Camp Fun
10 August 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Since westerns tended to be rather cheaply made in their heyday, it took colour a while to become the established component in the genre it eventually did as Technicolor gradually became more affordable during the forties.

When the 'psychological' western established itself in the fifties, films like 'The Gunfighter' and '3:10 to Yuma' naturally opted for black & white; likewise modern contemporary 'anti-westerns' like 'The Misfits', 'Lonely Are the Brave' and 'Hud'.

Meanwhile a smaller genre of jokey camp Technicolor westerns (dating back at least as far as 'Whoopee!' in 1930) emphasising exaggerated nineteenth century decor and costume had developed alongside it's more rugged siblings, probably culminating in 'Cat Ballou' in 1965 before Sergio Leone took up the baton.

Which brings us to 'Heller in Pink Tights', one of the adaptations of his work that Louis L'Amour particularly liked; the title change from 'Heller with a Gun' to 'Heller in Pink Tights' signalling the change in emphasis in its transfer from page to screen.

Director Cukor's only western, he gathered around him his trusted collaborators Eugene Allen, Harold Lipstein and George Hoyingen-Heune to produce a stunning-looking colour production with a stunning-looking blonde Sophia Loren in the title role and a once in a lifetime supporting cast including a smoothly villainous Ramon Novarro in his last movie. (Only Margaret O'Brien's voice is occasionally recognisable from her days as a child star fifteen years earlier; and who'd have then thought that she'd have had such a bust on her at 22!)

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Release Date:

1 March 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heller with a Gun See more »


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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