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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.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Silvia Richards (screenplay), Arthur Fitz-Richard (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Jones ... Ruby Corey aka Ruby Gentry
Charlton Heston ... Boake Tackman
Karl Malden ... Jim Gentry
Tom Tully ... Jud Corey
Barney Phillips ... Dr. Saul Manfred / Narrator (as Bernard Phillips)
James Anderson ... Jewel Corey
Josephine Hutchinson ... Letitia Gentry
Phyllis Avery ... Tracy McAuliffe
Herbert Heyes ... Judge Tackman
Myra Marsh Myra Marsh ... Ma Corey
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Cullen McAuliffe
Sam Flint ... Neil Fallgren
Frank Wilcox ... Clyde Pratt
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Storyline

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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The swamp hellion who wrecked a town - SIN by SIN! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La furie du désir See more »

Filming Locations:

Paso Robles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$525,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,750,000, 31 December 1953
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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The swamp background noise instead of being NC wildlife is jungle noises - Perhaps the same sound clip from Cape Fear with Gregory Peck. Both were to have taken place in the swamps of NC - yet both sounded like something out of Tarzan. See more »

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Ruby Gentry: Turn off the pumps.
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RUBY - A FLAWED GEM
2 July 2002 | by m0rphySee all my reviews

Jennifer Jones certainly did not get type cast in her screen roles.As a complete contrast to her normal saintly image (Duel in the Sun excepted) she plays Ruby Gentry,a Sth.Carolina girl from the wrong side of the tracks who gets emotionally involved with Boake Tackman (Chalton Heston) her sometime aristocratic boyfriend who is promised (more as a property contract) to Tracy who comes from another good Sth.Carolina family.Ruby has a religous zealot brother who constantly harps on about "doom and gloom" if his sister carry's on her liaison with Boake.When Ruby realises she will not become Mrs Tackman she agrees to marry Jim Gentry -a working class local boy made good, played by Karl Malden, (funny how he always looks the same age in all his films no matter when they were filmed!).After a boating accident Jim dies and Ruby "cops the lot" arousing suspicion in the local town folk who knew Jim Gentry.There is nothing more scary than a woman scorned and when Boke rejects Ruby's last offer of money for marriage, she goes ballistic and purposely ruins his carefully cultivated fields he has reclaimed at great expense from nature but I will not divulge the ending.The poor old doctor does not press his suite enough but Ruby does not fancy him anyway. An interesting new role for JJ who certainly looks "the biz" in her tight fitting jeans!


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