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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 a visiting carnival dancer.

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Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Robert Wilder (screenplay), Edmund H. North (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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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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This film's first documented telecast took place in Los Angeles Sunday 12 August 1956 on KTLA (Channel 5). After that time, it was taken off the airwaves so as not to be shown in competition with NBC's Lux Video Theatre live color presentation 18 October 1956 starring Raymond Burr and Joanne Dru. The next telecasts of this version finally aired in New York City Saturday 18 March 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by Salt Lake City Friday 11 April 1958 on KUTV (Channel 2), and by Columbus Saturday 12 April 1958 on WTVN (Channel 6). See more »

Goofs

Sheriff Titus Semple tells Fielding Carlisle to "get over to that girl's house and ask her to marry 'her'", instead of "marry you". See more »

Quotes

Lane Bellamy: You don't look much like a sheriff. You look more like Buffalo Bill with that hat on.
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The opening credits are presented on a book as someone turns the pages. See more »

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It Had to Be You
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Played during and after the first poker game
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"You just wouldn't believe how difficult it is to get rid of a dead elephant!"
31 October 2003 | by edward-speiranSee all my reviews

I am clueless as to how this movie has failed to become one of the great cult classics. Yes, of course, the plot is pitiful...combination of State of the Union meets Stella Dallas meets Sadie Thompson...but my God, the dialogue!

Joan Crawford - truly an amazing actress. If there's a heaven and she's in it and I make it there, I'll be acolyte in her heavenly choir. In this one, she looks like she's about to be torn to pieces by the centrifugal forces of her conflicting character. She's part Great Lady of the American theaTRE, movie version, with an accent that must be part Mount Holyoke mixed with Bryn Mawr mixed with Locust Valley Lockjaw...so how this dame is working as a carny girl at the tender age of 45 is quite the sight to behold. And then there's Gladys George...the type of older character actress that I suppose only the Depression-era movie studio system could produce...she's seen everything and done everything twice, and still has time to get her hair peroxided and permed. And finally - Sydney Greenstreet - of course - he is awesome in everything I've seen him in...but the look on his face when Joan utters the deathless line I've just tried to quote above...well, anyway...forget plot, just sit back and enjoy mid-20th century glossy-film-noir with Joan lit from angles that would put De la Tour to shame. a fan.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,528,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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