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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 ... Frank
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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Drama

Certificate:

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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

Theresa: That's easy Frank, women just play dumb, men are born that way.
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Connections

Version of Anna Lucasta (1977) 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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gay icon
20 February 2010 | by samtrak1204See all my reviews

I can see why Eartha Kitt has always been a gay icon and why her legion of gay fans - black and white - kept her working during the twilight years of her extremely long career in show business. She's campy, witty, sexy, and vulnerable...and a very funny funny girl with a very sharp tongue especially when she delivers her trademark rapid-fire one-liners in the opening barroom scene. Her grand entrance is over-the-top and her timing perfect. In a perfect world Kitt would have been right up there with Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford and Rita Hayworth...BUT she was BLACK...and Hollywood has had few decent leading roles for black actresses like Kitt, Dandridge, Horne...or even Halle. The black family in this movie is captured with humor and dignity by a sterling cast of black actors hungry for work other than playing maids, butlers, African natives, and southern slaves. "Anna Lucasta" is a Black Classic.


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