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Anna Lucasta (1958)

Approved | | Drama | 16 January 1959 (Sweden)
A young woman struggling with a sordid past finds that her biggest enemy had larger demons than she did.

Director:

Arnold Laven

Writer:

Philip Yordan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Eartha Kitt ... Anna Lucasta
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Danny Johnson
Frederick O'Neal Frederick O'Neal ... Frank
Henry Scott Henry Scott ... Rudolph Slocum
Rex Ingram ... Joe Lucasta
Georgia Burke Georgia Burke ... Theresa
James Edwards ... Eddie
Rosetta LeNoire ... Stella (as Rosetta Lenoire)
Isabel Cooley ... Katie
Alvin Childress Alvin Childress ... Noah
Claire Leyba Claire Leyba ... Blanche
John Proctor John Proctor ... Stanley
Charles Swain Charles Swain ... Lester
Ike Jones Ike Jones ... Policeman (as Isaac Jones)
Wallace Earl Laven Wallace Earl Laven ... Secretary (as Wally Earl)
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Storyline

When wild child Anna Lucasta (Kitt) is banished from the family home by her self-righteous father, she falls into a life of prostitution and into the arms of of streetwise sailor Danny Johnson (Davis). But after she shocks them all by finally finding true love with a well-heeled young suitor, her unforgiving father sets a vengeful plan in motion to remind his daughter of her sordid past and destroy her future forever. Written by Anonymous

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From Stage To Screen...In One Big Shock! The Blistering Story That Undresses The Heart Of A Tramp! (original poster) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1959 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Ana Lucasta See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Longridge Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

There was a white cast version of this movie made in 1949. It starred Paulette Goddard, who starred in the white cast version of the play that went to Paris. (c. 1947-8). The original play was with an African American cast. See more »

Quotes

Blanche: Hey, Anna, do you think there's a reward for lost articles?
Anna Lucasta: I'd sure like to be found.
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Version of Anna Lucasta (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

That's Anna
(Title song)
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Sung by Sammy Davis Jr.
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Anna comes home
5 March 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It took a long time for Philip Yordan's play Anna Lucasta to get made into a film and it turned out to be a good showcase for the talents of stars Eartha Kitt and Sammy Davis, Jr. The play ran on Broadway from 1944-46 and had 957 performances on Broadway. Several of the cast members in supporting roles returned for the screen. I'm sure that there were wartime references in the play that were cut out for the screen version as Sammy Davis, Jr.'s part was that of a sailor.

Sailor and general all around good time guy Davis's favorite call when in San Diego is Eartha Kitt in the title role. Some years earlier Kitt was caught getting down with some boy by her self righteous father and cast out of the home and drifted into prostitution.

But now her father Rex Ingram has come looking for her wanting her back. He thinks she will make a good wife for the son of an old friend from Alabama who has come to California. Henry Scott also has $4000.00 from his father and Anna's family who isn't the classiest bunch around also eyes him with that bankroll like an expensive cut of meat in a butcher shop.

She marries Scott, but Davis ain't finished. Soon enough Kitt has some real marital issues. Scott is a decent enough guy, but a bit naive as to the ways of the world, surprising for someone who wants a career teaching agricultural science like George Washington Carver.

As for Davis I think this role may have caught the eye of Otto Preminger who cast him in the very similar part of Sporting Life in Porgy And Bess the following year. Eartha Kitt shows off all her slinkiness that made her famous, but like Lena Horne Hollywood did not know what to do with her. I also think that she may have been a second choice behind Dorothy Dandridge good as Kitt is.

Anna Lucasta is a good film and a great chance to see Eartha Kitt and Sammy Davis, Jr. in their salad days.


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