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Ruby Gentry
Ruby Gentry
is a 1952 film directed by King Vidor
King Vidor
and starring Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
and Karl Malden.[2] The movie and the title character were the inspiration for Roberta Lee Streeter to take the performing name Bobbie Gentry.[3]

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Theme song 4 References 5 External links

Plot[edit] Ruby Corey (Jennifer Jones), a poor backwoods girl living in the small North Carolina town of Braddock, is still in love with Boake Tackman (Charlton Heston). During high school, Ruby had rebuffed his aggressive advances, and was taken in for a couple of years by a kind wealthy businessman and his wife, who protected her and taught her the skills a lady would need. She moved back home when her father needed her help. Boake's family used to be wealthy, but after generations of profligacy all he has left is the land he has had drained and farmed. He starts a relationship with her but plans to marry a local woman with a rich family. When she hears the news, Ruby marries her former benefactor, Mr. Jim Gentry (Karl Malden), whose invalid wife had recently died, despite not loving him. Her background keeps her from being accepted by most of Jim's peers, most of whom decline to attend their after-wedding party. While at another party, Jim gets into a fistfight with Boake after witnessing him dancing with Ruby. Jim calls Ruby a tramp who looks like a lady but doesn't behave like one. She leaves in tears, and later that night, he apologizes. The next day Jim and Ruby go sailing, where he tells her he "doesn't mind being second best" and she admits she really does love him. A loose rope results in Jim being knocked overboard by the boom, leaving Ruby widowed and distraught. The local paper writes that she is a gold-digger who murdered Jim for his fortune and mentions the fistfight between Jim and Boake. Jim's friends renounce her and she receives accusatory phone calls and harassment from the townspeople. Ruby uses Jim's money to begin a campaign against everyone who slighted her, calling in debts to close down people's businesses as well as the newspaper that slandered her. Her brother comes to beg her for leniency, but she throws him out, warning she is just getting started. When Boake visits, she gives him the promissary-note he had signed and which was acquired by Gentry, and offers to run off with him but he rejects her, saying that for all her money she can't buy her way out of the swamp and she can't buy him. Ruby has Boake's land flooded, ruining the crops. After seeing her fury, he goes back to her. Boake and Ruby go to her father's annual duck-hunting party where she goes back to her country roots and Boake drinks away his resentment before visiting her room late at night. While hunting the next day, Boake turns on Ruby in retaliation for her actions but she apologizes. Just then, her estranged brother Jewel Corey (James Anderson) begins to shoot at the couple while quoting Bible verses about the wickedness of women and sinners who must be struck down. They try to hide in the swamp but Jewel shoots Boake in the abdomen, killing him; Ruby goes after Jewel and guns him down. Cradling Boake in her arms, Ruby laments her decisions. Ruby later becomes the skipper of a fishing boat, forever looked down upon by the townspeople. Cast[edit]

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones
as Ruby Gentry Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
as Boake Tackman Karl Malden
Karl Malden
as Jim Gentry Tom Tully as Jud Corey Barney Phillips
Barney Phillips
as Dr. Saul Manfred/Narrator James Anderson as Jewel Corey Josephine Hutchinson
Josephine Hutchinson
as Letitia Gentry Phyllis Avery
Phyllis Avery
as Tracy McAuliffe Herbert Heyes
Herbert Heyes
as Judge Tackman Myra Marsh as Ma Corey Charles Cane as Cullen McAuliffe Sam Flint as Neil Fallgren Frank Wilcox as Clyde Pratt

Theme song[edit] The film's theme song, "Ruby", was composed by Heinz Eric Roemheld.[4] At the time of the film's release the theme enjoyed much popularity in an orchestration by Les Baxter
Les Baxter
with harmonica solo by Danny Welton.[5] It has subsequently become a jazz and pop standard, both as an instrumental and with lyrics by Mitchell Parish, recorded by such artists as Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and Neil Diamond. References[edit]

^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954 ^ IMDB. "Ruby Gentry". Retrieved 2009-01-04.  ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=VOpvPZVYmSIC&pg=PA121&lpg=PA121&dq=Roberta+Lee+Streeter&source=bl&ots=rjZLExdc_D&sig=SSZFsCfQsbugws3hv8PPYHl8ON8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=czWGVLCCINacygT0hYKwDw&ved=0CLkBEOgBMBg#v=onepage&q=Roberta%20Lee%20Streeter&f=false ^ IMDB. "Heinz Roemheld". Retrieved 2009-01-04.  ^ Deseret News, July 11, 1990, concert review "and Welton's signature tune, "Ruby," the theme song from "Ruby Gentry".." http://www.deseretnews.com/article/111801/PHILHARMONIC-POPS-CONCERT-UNCORKS-DAYS-OF-47-CELEBRATIONS--ACTIVITIES.html?pg=all

External links[edit]

Ruby Gentry
Ruby Gentry
on IMDb Ruby Gentry
Ruby Gentry
at AllMovie Ruby Gentry
Ruby Gentry
at the TCM Movie Database Ruby Gentry
Ruby Gentry
at the American Film Institute Catalog

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Films directed by King Vidor

Hurricane in Galveston (1913) The Grand Military Parade (1913) The Lost Lie (1918) Bud's Recruit (1918) The Chocolate of the Gang (1918) Tad's Swimming Hole (1918) The Accusing Toe (1918) I'm a Man (1918) The Turn in the Road
The Turn in the Road
(1919) Better Times (1919) The Other Half (1919) Poor Relations (1919) The Family Honor
The Family Honor
(1920) The Jack-Knife Man
The Jack-Knife Man
(1920) The Sky Pilot
The Sky Pilot
(1921) Love Never Dies (1921) The Real Adventure (1922) Dusk to Dawn
Dusk to Dawn
(1922) Conquering the Woman
Conquering the Woman
(1922) Peg o' My Heart (1922) The Woman of Bronze
The Woman of Bronze
(1923) Three Wise Fools (1923) Wild Oranges
Wild Oranges
(1924) Happiness (1924) Wine of Youth
Wine of Youth
(1924) His Hour
His Hour
(1924) The Wife of the Centaur (1924) Proud Flesh (1925) The Big Parade
The Big Parade
(1925) La Bohème (1926) Bardelys the Magnificent
Bardelys the Magnificent
(1926) The Crowd (1928) The Patsy (1928) Show People
Show People
(1928) Hallelujah (1929) Not So Dumb
Not So Dumb
(1930) Billy the Kid (1930) Street Scene (1931) The Champ (1931) Bird of Paradise (1932) Cynara (1932) The Stranger's Return
The Stranger's Return
(1933) Our Daily Bread (1934) The Wedding Night
The Wedding Night
(1935) So Red the Rose (1935) The Texas Rangers (1936) Stella Dallas (1937) The Citadel (1938) The Wizard of Oz (1939) (Kansas scenes) Northwest Passage (1940) Comrade X
Comrade X
(1940) H. M. Pulham, Esq.
H. M. Pulham, Esq.
(1941) An American Romance (1944) Duel in the Sun (1946) On Our Merry Way
On Our Merry Way
(1948) The Fountainhead (1949) Beyond the Forest
Beyond the Forest
(1949) Lightning Strikes Twice (1949) Japanese War Bride
Japanese War Bride
(1952) Ruby Gentry
Ruby Gentry
(1952) Light's Diamond Jubilee (1954) (TV special, with 6 other directors) Man Without a Star
Man Without a Star
(1955) War and Peace (1956) Solomon and Sheba
Solomon and Sheba
(1959) Truth and Illusion (1964) The Met

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