Ruby Gentry (1952)

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A sexy but poor young girl marries a rich man she doesn't love, but carries a torch for another man.

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  • Karl Malden and Jennifer Jones in Ruby Gentry (1952)
  • Charlton Heston and Jennifer Jones in Ruby Gentry (1952)
  • Jennifer Jones in Ruby Gentry (1952)
  • Karl Malden and Jennifer Jones in Ruby Gentry (1952)
  • Karl Malden and Jennifer Jones in Ruby Gentry (1952)

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20 August 2009 | RanchoTuVu
8
| you can take the woman out of the swamp but you can't take the swamp out of the woman
A drama set in a small town in North Carolina that doggedly holds on to the strict social division between the classes, all the more so given the fact that powerful post war 20th century economic forces are changing everyone's fortunes, and now the old money (what's left of it) can only grasp onto the past in order to maintain their weakened grip on their obsolete social hierarchy. To threaten the social order more is saucy Jennifer Jones, who all the upper class guys lust after, a woman from the wrong side of the tracks with a born again brother (James Anderson) who throughout the film reminds her that her soul is doomed to eternal damnation as she tempts and pleases Charlton Heston, who's upper class family has only their good name left, and who is promised to only moderately attractive and far less sexy Tracy McCauliff (Phyllis Avery) who's family is still rich AND respected. It's quite a trade off. The best scene comes after Heston and Avery marry and are at the local country club for a dance, and Heston and Jones dance provocatively while Jone's husband, the rich and jealous Karl Malden, who she decided to marry after she lost out on Heston,can't believe that this is happening to him. The film falters somewhat as it lurches towards the end, but pacing wise and photographically (B&W by the great Russel Harlan) it's definitely worth checking out.

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