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The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 1 October 1955 (USA)
The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing is the true story of Evelyn Nesbit Shaw, a beautiful showgirl caught in a love triangle with elderly architect Stanford White and eccentric young millionaire Harry K. Thaw.

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Richard Fleischer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Stanford White
Joan Collins ... Evelyn Nesbit
Farley Granger ... Harry K. Thaw
Luther Adler ... Delphin Delmas
Cornelia Otis Skinner ... Mrs. Thaw
Glenda Farrell ... Mrs. Nesbit
Frances Fuller ... Elizabeth White
Phillip Reed ... Robert Collier (as Philip Reed)
Gale Robbins ... Gwen Arden
James Lorimer James Lorimer ... McCaleb
John Hoyt ... William Jerome
Robert F. Simon ... Stage Manager (as Robert Simon)
Harvey Stephens ... Dr. Hollingshead
Emile Meyer ... Hunchbacher
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Storyline

It's the early twentieth century New York City. There exists a high level of animosity by Harry Thaw, a wealthy Pittsburgh businessman, toward renowned architect Stanford White for Harry feeling those dealing with the New York social set giving Stanford many of the perks that should rightfully have gone to him. While Stanford is mature and refined, Harry is brash, impetuous and volatile. That animosity is ratcheted up a notch when they both meet Evelyn Nesbit, a beautiful but poor model with who they are both infatuated, she appearing in the chorus of her first Broadway musical revue. After getting to know Evelyn, married Stanford, who still loves his wife and thus will not divorce her, wants nonetheless to provide Evelyn with the comforts and breeding of those within his social circle. His infatuation with her is also despite he being old enough to be her father. Harry, who is more age appropriate, takes a more direct approach in his pursuit of Evelyn, he doing whatever to convince ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen auf der Samtschaukel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Marilyn Monroe was 20th Century-Fox's original choice for the role of Evelyn Nesbit. She turned down this film, as well as a planned remake of Wabash Avenue (1950) entitled 'The Girl in Pink Tights' (which was to co-star Dan Dailey and Mitzi Gaynor). As a result, she was put on suspension. Sheree North was then announced as her replacement for both films until Joan Collins was eventually cast as Nesbit. 'The Girl in Pink Tights' project was eventually abandoned. See more »

Goofs

In a restaurant scene near the beginning of the film, architect Stanford White castigates a magazine editor for not including in an article about him the Boston Public Library, which he calls "the best thing I ever did." White's partner, Charles Follen McKim designed the Boston Public Library, not White. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Nesbit: I've seen more tears run down the pretty faces than the plain ones.
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Herman Wouk & Van Heflin (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

I Challenge You
(uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Ken Darby
Sung on-stage by the theater ensemble
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Swing high ,sweet Evelyn Thaw;
7 July 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Richard Fleischer remains one of the most underrated of the American directors.His influence is huge,particularly in Europa:Chabrol's last movie "La Fille Coupée En Deux" is a disguised remake of "girl on the red velvet swing" -and not nearly so good.His movies dealing with criminal affairs are all interesting and form,in spite of their differences ,a well-knit group:"Follow me quietly" "Compulsion" "Crack in the mirror" and his more accomplished works "Boston strangler" and " 10 Rillington PLace" ."The girl on the red velvet swing" ,in spite of its costume drama side,belongs to the genre too.We're told since the beginning it's a criminal affair.The title is a transparent metaphor:Evelyn is not only caught between two men;she is a proletarian ,close to French writer Colette's "Gigi" in the world of the wealthy and the mighty.One of her men doesn't want to divorce and to marry her ,not because she is young enough to be his daughter but because the world he lives in is not prepared to accept such a monstrous union.If she were a rich heiress ,the daughter of one his rich customers who have him built desirable mansions ,all would be forgiven .And if the girl marries a millionaire ,it's only because he is impotent ,under an over possessive mother's thumb :in an amazing scene the mother recognizes the facts.People who know Mankiewicz's "The barefoot Contessa" will notice the similarities between the two "rich" marriages .

Like Max Ophuls' "Lola Montès" ,when her family-in -law denies her,it only remains for her to make a spectacle of herself in a theater ,a place she should never have left.The two scenes in which the girl is on the swing are the most impressive ,with a dazzling camera:there's something disturbing in the first one,when the girl asks for the moon (true and figurative sense)..But "it's only a paper moon sailing over a cardboard sea...it's only a canvas sky..hanging over a muslin tree"


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