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The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 29 August 1956 (USA)
At the turn of the century, Rose and ex-showbiz friend Molly get involved in selling steel. When they come unstuck with corsets, they embark on the even more hazardous project of selling ... See full summary »

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Arthur Lubin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Miss Rose Gillray
Barry Nelson ... Charles Masters
Carol Channing ... Molly Wade
David Brian ... James Carter
James Arness ... Joel Kingdom
Clint Eastwood ... Lt. Jack Rice
Robert F. Simon ... Cal - Texas Rancher (as Robert Simon)
Frank Wilcox ... U.S. Marshal Duncan
Dan White ... Sheriff (as Daniel M. White)
Harry Cheshire ... Judge Benson
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Storyline

At the turn of the century, Rose and ex-showbiz friend Molly get involved in selling steel. When they come unstuck with corsets, they embark on the even more hazardous project of selling barbed wire to highly suspicious Texas cowboys. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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barbed wire | corset | See All (2) »

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Please Don't Tell What Ginger Sells! It's Banned In Texas! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Primeira Caixeira Viajante See more »

Filming Locations:

Chatsworth, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Contains what is inarguably one of the oddest, most unexpected romantic pairings in screen history in Clint Eastwood and Carol Channing. See more »

Goofs

Moving shadow of the boom microphone on the wall of the jail (upper right of the frame) with the two tied-up jailers after Rogers and Channing are sprung by Arness. See more »

Quotes

James Carter: I just don't understand why you'd want to - a beautiful young woman like you. Or, do you go on the premise that good packaging is an aid to merchandising?
Miss Rose Gillray: I never use being a woman as a selling point.
James Carter: It's doing a whale of a good job for you now.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1897!

America was feeling its strength and had come of age as a nation.

The American Salesman was telling anyone who cared to listen that it was a man's world. The American woman agreed . . . . . and prepared to take it away from him.

This is the story of the first traveling saleslady in America and HOW she got that way!! See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

A Corset Can Do A Lot For A Lady
Music by Irving Gertz
Lyrics by Hal Levy
Sung by Carol Channing (uncredited)
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and nicely upholstered too...
9 November 2011 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

One of the final RKO radio films produced in the last leap of faith in 1956. THE FIRST TRAVELING SALESLADY is a very enjoyable light comedy. What sets it apart from TV shows like PETTICOAT JUNCTION or films like OKLAHOMA both of which it strongly resembles is the A studio production values which allow the film to take on a lavish western look more akin to CALAMITY JANE. It is a jalopy western set in the horseless carriage days of 1899. Ginger Rogers was 43 and Carol Channing was 35 in production and given the mature age of both and the feminist slant of the story, it makes for a liberating tone for a film of the mid 50s. It is well worth looking at the last 20 films made at the RKO studio in this period by RKO TELERADIO PRODUCTIONS who revived the label after Howard Hughes trashed it. All 1955-58 RKO films are very well made, above the prior years of Hughes. TRAVELING SALESLADY is beautiful to see and has visuals cluttered with style and color. I thought it quite lavish in some scenes with overstuffed furniture and antiques that must have helped see unloved props get a final airing. In widescreen and technicolor it must have resembled GIGI or THE MERRY WIDOW. The most hilarious scenes to really really lap up involve a very young Clint Eastwood (25 years old) kissing Carol Channing! Fantastic! They elope together in the last reel! The railway station Ginger arrives at earlier at is the same as seen in OKLAHOMA, the last big musical distributed by RKO; Their very last film a minor but snazzy musical was THE GIRL MOST LIKELY also beautifully produced. Shame they gave up, but their films of the time, terrific as they were and modern in tone, just did not include respectable profits to continue. All other studios big and small had at least one blockbuster in this period, but alas RKO and Republic did not and folded.


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