A railroad official, Owen Legate comes to Dodson, Mississippi to shut down much of the town's railway (town's main income). Owen unexpectedly finds love with Dodson's flirt and main attraction, Alva Starr. Alva and Owen then try to escape Alva's mother's (Hazel) clutches and the town's revenge.Written by
Kate Reid, who plays the role of Natalie Wood's mother in this film, is only 8 years older than Wood. See more »
This film is set in the early Depression era The wall calendar in the local railroad office shows the date as "Friday 14 August" but does not reveal the year. That particular date combination occurred in both 1931 and 1936. Williams' original story, most of the automobiles in the film, and many other aspects suggest 1931. However, in one sequence, the characters see the film "One Way Passage," which was not released until late 1932. See more »
New Orleans is certainly not a place where a person needs to feel the pain of separation for long.
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This Property is Condemned was a condemned movie from the day it was made. It didn't win critical acclaim, nobody saw it and still there are only a few people who have even heard of it. And yet it's so beautiful that you really don't need to be persuaded to watch it. From the beginning, and as the story carries us to a condemned love affair between a beautiful and proud young woman who wants the world (but all she gets is all the men around her crawling on her feet) and a man (Robert Redford) that only wants to keep her safe from her pride, we witness the changes that can be brought by just one person, either that is the impact on the small town that Alva (Natalie Wood) lives or on her heart and life. The end is some kind of divine justice that we all want to prevent but no one manages to, but at the same time a lyrical hope in the form of the left behind (and astoundingly good) Mary Badham. A song that Tennessee Williams certainly wouldn't have approved for his book but at the same time what has always stayed in heart from this wonderful film. That and the glass snowstorm.
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