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The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 29 August 1956 (USA)
At the turn of the century, Rose and ex-showbiz friend Molly get involved in selling steel. When they come unstuck with corsets, they embark on the even more hazardous project of selling ... See full summary »

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Arthur Lubin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Miss Rose Gillray
Barry Nelson ... Charles Masters
Carol Channing ... Molly Wade
David Brian ... James Carter
James Arness ... Joel Kingdom
Clint Eastwood ... Lt. Jack Rice
Robert F. Simon ... Cal - Texas Rancher (as Robert Simon)
Frank Wilcox ... U.S. Marshal Duncan
Dan White ... Sheriff (as Daniel M. White)
Harry Cheshire ... Judge Benson
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Storyline

At the turn of the century, Rose and ex-showbiz friend Molly get involved in selling steel. When they come unstuck with corsets, they embark on the even more hazardous project of selling barbed wire to highly suspicious Texas cowboys. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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barbed wire | corset | See All (2) »

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She knows the ROPES and all the JOKES! See more »

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Comedy | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Primeira Caixeira Viajante See more »

Filming Locations:

Chatsworth, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carol Channing had made only one screen appearance before this film, an uncredited bit part in Paid in Full (1950), but her meteoric rise to stardom on the Broadway stage in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" that same year led her to receive above-the-title billing in The First Traveling Saleslady (1956). Her performance as Molly Wade is as close as modern audiences can get to viewing Channing's stage persona as it appeared in the first phase of her career, as the role of Molly is more Lorelei Lee than Dolly Levi, the role to come that would define her ever more in "Hello, Dolly!" Interestingly, though Ginger Rogers was a legendary performer in musicals, the primary song spot in The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) went to Channing. See more »

Goofs

Moving shadow of the boom microphone on the wall of the jail (upper right of the frame) with the two tied-up jailers after Rogers and Channing are sprung by Arness. See more »

Quotes

Molly Wade: What's that noise?
Miss Rose Gillray: Oh, no! It couldn't be! Only Charlie Masters could make a noise like that.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1897!

America was feeling its strength and had come of age as a nation.

The American Salesman was telling anyone who cared to listen that it was a man's world. The American woman agreed . . . . . and prepared to take it away from him.

This is the story of the first traveling saleslady in America and HOW she got that way!! See more »


Soundtracks

A Corset Can Do A Lot For A Lady
Music by Irving Gertz
Lyrics by Hal Levy
Sung by Carol Channing (uncredited)
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Corsets
28 November 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This was Ginger Rogers last movie for the studio in which she was a star, RKO Radio. In fact, most of the interest in watching this weak attempt at comedy is the cast that was put together for the film. Director Arthur Lubin seems to have been directed by remote control and the screen play Devery Freeman and Stephen Longstreet supplied was not interesting. It's a mystery how this film was made, at all.

Unfortunately, the film doesn't offer much to Ginger Rogers in the way of an colorful role to play. She was a much better actress that deserved better than this Rose Gillray, the corset maker turned barb wire saleslady. Barry Nelson is the man who believes in the future of the automobile and whose path to California keeps meeting Rose in the most unlikely places. Ms. Rogers and Mr. Nelson don't show much chemistry between them, and probably this is where the film fails, something than with another director, could have been solved, but which Mr. Lubin ignored.

The film offers performances by Carol Channing, a Broadway star that never made it big in the movies. She plays Molly, Rose Gillray's assistant. In fact, she has the best lines in the film. A young Clint Eastwood is seen as Lt. Jack Rice, a member of the Rough Riders that Rose and Molly meet at the hotel. James Arness, another television idol, plays the rich landowner Joel Kingdom. Lastly, David Brian, an actor that tended to be seen in heavy roles, makes a good appearance as James Carter, the barb wire manufacturer.

This is a film to be watched as a curiosity.


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