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Heller in Pink Tights (1960)

Approved | | Western | 1 March 1960 (USA)
Story of theatrical troupe that travels through the Old West.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screenplay), Walter Bernstein (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Angela Rossini
Anthony Quinn ... Thomas 'Tom' Healy
Margaret O'Brien ... Della Southby
Steve Forrest ... Clint Mabry
Eileen Heckart ... Mrs. Lorna Hathaway
Ramon Novarro ... De Leon
Edmund Lowe ... Manfred 'Doc' Montague
George Mathews ... Sam Pierce
Edward Binns ... Sheriff Ed McClain
Warren Wade Warren Wade ... Hodges
Frank Silvera ... Santis
Boyd Holister Boyd Holister ... McAllister (as Robert Palmer)
Leo V. Matranga Leo V. Matranga ... Gunslinger #2
Cal Bolder Cal Bolder ... Goober
Taggart Casey Taggart Casey ... Gunslinger #1
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Storyline

Nineteenth century Wyoming: the wild West. Mild-mannered Tom Healy has a two-wagon theater troupe hounded by creditors because Angela, his leading lady and the object of his affection, constantly buys clothes. In Cheyenne, they meet with applause, so they hope to stay awhile: the theater owner likes Angela, and she keeps him on a string. She's also the object of the attentions of Mabry, a gunslinger who's owed money by the richest man in Bonanza. Complications arise and the troupe heads for Bonanza, through hostile Indian territory. Is the troupe doomed to a peripatetic life, is Mabry in danger, and does Tom stand a chance with Angela, a hellion in pink tights? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Her Lady Godiva act started the excitement that couldn't be stopped! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heller with a Gun See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Hedda Hopper column of the era, George Cukor and Sophia Loren wanted Clint Walker for role played by Steve Forrest but conflicting schedules made that casting impossible. See more »

Goofs

When Mabry is pursuing the wagons, shots of him from the front show his shadow going uphill to the right of screen. Shots of the wagons from the front show their shadows going to the left of the screen. This would indicate that they are going in opposite directions. See more »

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De Leon: You'll never be a businessman, Goober. You part with money much too easily. To owe is one thing, to pay is quite another.
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Surprisingly bad film from Cukor.
9 December 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

This film is really very badly directed - which is amazing given Cukor's excellent filmography. He rarely focuses the attention of the viewer where it should be - and seems obsessed with close-ups on Sophia's eyes. I wonder if Carlo Ponti interfered a lot here - as Sophia is rarely out of shot, to the detriment of the other characters and the film. This is one of Sophia's worst performances - she seems to be struggling with her lines - although she looks good blonde. The excellent supporting cast is wasted - even Anthony Quinn is allowed little screen time. Eileen Heckhart is allowed even less time, but it's interesting to see child actress Margaret O'Brien in a rare adult role. Her little girl voice is jarring however. The only reason to see this film is to witness the final performance of the legendary Ramon Novarro. He is splendid and stylish as the villain - a great lesson in screen acting, although again we don't see enough of him. Is there a story about the making of this film? I wonder if Cukor had to battle the Ponti-Loren partnership and was forced to give too much screen time to Sophia. What a mistake!


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