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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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$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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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: 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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Melodramatic Romance
13 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

In Braddock, North Caroline, the free-spirited and poor Ruby Corey (Jennifer Jones) is a sexy woman in love with Boake Tackman (Charlton Heston), who belongs to a former wealthy family that lost their land that is flooded. Ruby has lived during high-school with the wealthy businessman Jim Gentry (Karl Malden) and his wife Letitia Gentry (Josephine Hutchinson) that had unsuccessfully tried to teach etiquette to Ruby. Later she returned to the house of her father Jud Corey (Tom Tully) and her pious brother Jewel Corey (James Anderson) in the swamps. When Boake decides to marry the rich Tracy McAuliffe (Phyllis Avery), Ruby is courted by Dr. Saul Manfred (Bernard Phillips) but accepts to marry Jim that has recently widowed.

The population of Braddock does not accept the marriage of Ruby and Jim. Then, Ruby dances with Boake in a club and Jim has a fistfight with Boake and calls Ruby a tramp. On the next morning, Jim apologizes with Ruby and they go sailing. However there is an accident and Jim drowns in the sea. Ruby is accused by the population of murdering Jim and she decides to revenge, using the money she inherited from Jim and foreclosing on the debts of the hometowns. But Ruby is still in love with Boake and her behavior will lead them to a tragedy.

"Ruby Gentry" is a melodramatic romance directed by King Vidor, the master of this genre. The melodrama is excessive, with a wild young woman in love with a popular young man in a conservative town. Her revenge against those that blame her is great but the conclusion is silly. Rubby working as a skipper of a fishing boat does not make sense for a woman with her strong personality (and money). My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Fúria do Desejo" ("The Fury of the Desire")


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