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This Property Is Condemned (1966)

The dramatic love story of small-town Mississippi girl Alva Starr and railroad official Owen Legate, set during the Great Depression.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alva Starr
... Owen Legate
... J.J. Nichols
... Hazel Starr
... Willie Starr
... Knopke
... Sidney
John Harding ... Gerard Johnson
... Salesman
Ray Hemphill ... Jimmy Bell
Brett Pearson ... Charlie Steinkamp
... Tom
Quentin Sondergaard ... Hank (as Quintin Sondergaard)
Mike Steen ... Max
... Lindsay Tate
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Storyline

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 Kelly

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As bold as only TENNESSEE WILLIAMS would DARE to write it...in the brilliant tradition of 'CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF" and "A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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7 October 1966 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Una mujer sin horizonte  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filming started without a finished script, which meant constant rewrites. In an interview years later, Natalie Wood recalled that the actors would sometimes make up dialog on the spot because the scripted dialog was often unusable. See more »

Goofs

When Alva's train is headed to New Orleans, there is a shot of it crossing a long over-water trestle, and there is a modern highway bridge in the background. See more »

Quotes

Alva Starr: New Orleans is certainly not a place where a person needs to feel the pain of separation for long.
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Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Wish Me a Rainbow
Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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Best of Natalie
23 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was not surprised to learn this was Natalie's favorite of all her films. I am a huge Natalie Wood fan and I can watch this film over and over. As much bad press as I've read about it, I still can't understand why so many don't appreciate this masterpiece. Very good story, great romance, great leads with incredible chemistry. Overall, the acting was wonderful and with an ensemble cast. Natalie never looked more beautiful, and that's saying a lot. There are several scenes I have to pause and rewind, it's just difficult believing anyone could be that beautiful! She is simply mesmerizing every second she is on screen in this film. One of her finest performances as well, if not the best of her career. Natalie is pure magic in this film, and regardless of her character's part in her own troubles, Natalie sucks you in and makes it impossible for you not to care about her character. Notable supporting performances from Robert Blake, Charles Bronson, and Kate Reid among others. It's definitely a southern tragedy, as only Tennesee Williams can tell....but so well done that it's worth it....check it out..


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