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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) »

Taglines:

Please Don't Tell What Ginger Sells! It's Banned In Texas! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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

Originally intended to star Mae West. 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: Do you know those Indians aren't wooden? They're real!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Clint Eastwood: Director (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

The First Traveling Saleslady
Music by Irving Gertz
Lyrics by Hal Levy
Sung by The Lancers (Coral Recording Artists)
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A Corset Can Do a Lot for a Lady
27 November 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Mild comedy starring Ginger Rogers as a corset shop owner who goes broke and becomes a traveling saleslady in 1897 Texas. But because she owes money she ends up selling barbed wire. Very strange premise but a decent cast and a few good lines here and there save this one.

Rogers' modeling assistant is none other than Carol Channing, in Hollywood after her smash success on Broadway in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. And she's not bad at all. Channing does a quickie song called A Corset Can Do a Lot for a Lady and she's hilarious, altering between her trademark Channing voice and some basso sounds that sound like Bea Arthur. Too bad the direction--as usual--cuts away from her to show the man behind the desk. Musicals always did this--cut away from the performer to show the audience.

James Arness is the rancher. Barry Nelson is the car owner. David Brian is the steel man. Clint Eastwood is the cavalry man. Robert F. Simon is a henchman.

What helps sink this is the overall cheap look and bad color. Rogers would star in 2 more films and then appear only sporadically. Channing would not appear in a film for another decade but would win an Oscar nomination for it--Thoroughly Modern Millie. And this is NOT Channing's film debut as is often stated. She had appeared in Paid in Full in 1950. But this was Eastwood's first screen kiss---with Carol Channing!


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