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Ruby Gentry (1952)

A sexy but poor young girl marries a rich man she doesn't love, but carries a torch for another man.

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Complete credited cast:
... Ruby Corey aka Ruby Gentry
... Boake Tackman
... Jim Gentry
... Jud Corey
... Dr. Saul Manfred / Narrator (as Bernard Phillips)
... Jewel Corey
... Letitia Gentry
... Tracy McAuliffe
... Judge Tackman
Myra Marsh ... Ma Corey
Charles Cane ... Cullen McAuliffe
... Neil Fallgren
... Clyde Pratt
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Despite their different social class Ruby and Boake grew up together in the 1950s North Carolina. Ruby Corey lived with her poor family in the swamps while Boake Tackman lived in a mansion with servants. As long as their friendship stayed within the socially acceptable limits no one objected. In adulthood their friendship becomes a mutual romantic attraction. Ruby wants to marry Boake but he only seems interested in romantic play without commitment. Maybe conscious of his social status or maybe being afraid to offend his snobbish family and conservative hometown folk, he marries a rich girl. Out of revenge Ruby marries Jim Gentry, a recently widowed rich old man to whom many townsfolk and local businesses owe money. When Gentry dies in an accident, the town blames Ruby. A now rich Ruby takes revenge on the town's folk by calling in their debts and loans. The girl from the swamps has become the town's biggest nightmare. Written by nufs68

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20 August 1953 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

La furie du désir  »

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Budget:

$525,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,750,000, 31 December 1953
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According to Charlton Heston, Jennifer Jones broke two bones in her hand hitting him in a fight scene. As a result, Jones had to wear several bracelets covering up a cast. See more »

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Early in the film, Ruby and Boake are driving on the beach in his car. There are noticeable mountains in the background. Since the film takes place on the coast of North Carolina, the landscape should be flat with the exception of sand dunes. See more »

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Ruby Gentry: You can get a job, and I can work. We don't need the McAuliffe's money!
Boake Tackman: Ruby, I'm not talking about earning a living. For a hundred years the Tackmans have been sliding downhill. Ever since the tide swallowed our plantation, not one of them lifted a finger to do anything about it. Sittin' out their lives on verandas, soppin' up bourbon whiskey. Like my dad. I'm not gonna' end up like him. I'm gonna' do things that'll shake this whole town awake. Shake the whole Tidewater. Things I can be proud ...
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you can take the woman out of the swamp but you can't take the swamp out of the woman
20 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

A drama set in a small town in North Carolina that doggedly holds on to the strict social division between the classes, all the more so given the fact that powerful post war 20th century economic forces are changing everyone's fortunes, and now the old money (what's left of it) can only grasp onto the past in order to maintain their weakened grip on their obsolete social hierarchy. To threaten the social order more is saucy Jennifer Jones, who all the upper class guys lust after, a woman from the wrong side of the tracks with a born again brother (James Anderson) who throughout the film reminds her that her soul is doomed to eternal damnation as she tempts and pleases Charlton Heston, who's upper class family has only their good name left, and who is promised to only moderately attractive and far less sexy Tracy McCauliff (Phyllis Avery) who's family is still rich AND respected. It's quite a trade off. The best scene comes after Heston and Avery marry and are at the local country club for a dance, and Heston and Jones dance provocatively while Jone's husband, the rich and jealous Karl Malden, who she decided to marry after she lost out on Heston,can't believe that this is happening to him. The film falters somewhat as it lurches towards the end, but pacing wise and photographically (B&W by the great Russel Harlan) it's definitely worth checking out.


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