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Flamingo Road (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 30 April 1949 (USA)
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A small town corrupt sheriff manipulates local candidates to the state legislature but he eventually comes into conflict with an out-of-town carnival dancer.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Robert Wilder (screenplay), Edmund H. North (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Lane Bellamy
Zachary Scott ... Fielding Carlisle
Sydney Greenstreet ... Sheriff Titus Semple
David Brian ... Dan Reynolds
Gladys George ... Lute Mae Sanders
Virginia Huston ... Annabelle Weldon
Fred Clark ... Doc Waterson
Gertrude Michael ... Millie
Alice White ... Gracie
Sam McDaniel ... Boatright
Tito Vuolo ... Pete Ladas
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Storyline

Carnival dancer Lane Bellamy finds herself stranded in a southern town ruled by corrupt political boss Titus Semple. Lane becomes romantically involved with sheriff Fielding Carlisle, a weakling whose career is being driven by Titus. Seeing Lane as a liability to his own political ambitions, Titus mounts a campaign to get her driven out of town. She finds she can't get a job and even gets arrested on a trumped-up morals charge. Released from jail, Lane finds work as a "hostess" at Lutie-Mae's road house, where she meets Dan Reynolds, another member of the town's political machine. They marry and move to a home on Flamingo Road, the town's social pinnacle. Their marriage is soon marked by scandal when a drunken Carlisle visits Lane at home one evening and shoots himself. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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"See You on Flamingo Road" See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boulevard des passions See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,528,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,263,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,896,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 26, 1950 with Joan Crawford reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene the sign states "Boldon City - Elevation 1253 Ft". The highest point in Florida is only 345 feet. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Titus Semple: A man going into the legislature should have a heart of gold and a respectable wife.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are presented on a book as someone turns the pages. See more »

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Soundtracks

If I Could Be with You
(uncredited)
Music by James P. Johnson
Lyrics by Henry Creamer
Sung by Joan Crawford in the tent and at Lute Mae's Tavern
Also performed by an unidentified singer at the Rendezvous Room
Played often in the score
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The Road to Ruin is paved with good actors
10 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Over the top melodrama that works, under the steady direction of Curtiz. Crawford is an ex-carnie, and Greenstreet is the corrupt sherrif of a small town she's chosen as her haven. He gets her boyfriend to desert her for a more respectable marriage so he can make him a senator, and after she marries a political player he's associated with, he makes life hard on both of them with a combination of blackmail muscle and frame-up push. Greenstreet is wonderfully grotesque, and all the other leads also hold up well. Nice photography in stark toned B & W.


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