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Written on the Wind (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 December 1956 (USA)
Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

George Zuckerman (screenplay), Robert Wilder (based on the novel by)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Mitch Wayne
Lauren Bacall ... Lucy Moore Hadley
Robert Stack ... Kyle Hadley
Dorothy Malone ... Marylee Hadley
Robert Keith ... Jasper Hadley
Grant Williams ... Biff Miley
Robert J. Wilke ... Dan Willis
Edward Platt ... Doctor Paul Cochrane (as Edward C. Platt)
Harry Shannon ... Hoak Wayne
John Larch ... Roy Carter
Joseph Granby Joseph Granby ... R.J. Courtney
Roy Glenn ... Sam
Maidie Norman ... Bertha
William Schallert ... Reporter
Joanne Jordan Joanne Jordan ... Brunette
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Storyline

On 24 October 1955, the hard-work geologist of the Hadley Oil Company Mitch Wayne meets the executive secretary Lucy Moore in the office of her boss Bill Ryan in New York and invites her to go to a conference with the alcoholic playboy and son of a tycoon Kyle Hadley. On the way of the meeting, he confesses that they had traveled from Houston to New York to satisfy the wish of the reckless Kyle, who is his best friend since their childhood, of eating a sandwich from club 21 and the meeting was just a pretext to Kyle's father Jasper Hadley. Mitch and Kyle immediately fall in love for Lucy, and Kyle unsuccessfully uses his money to impress Lucy; then he opens his heart and proposes Lucy. They get married and travel to Acapulco and the insecure Kyle stops drinking. Meanwhile, Kyle's sister Marylee is an easy woman and has a non-corresponded crush on Mitch that sees her as a sister. One year later, Kyle discovers that he has a problem and might be sterile and starts drinking again. The ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This woman in his arms was now the wife of the man he called his best friend! See more »

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In den Wind geschrieben See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,495
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

At the same time she was shooting this picture, Lauren Bacall was struggling to learn her lines for Blithe Spirit (1956), co-starring Noël Coward and Claudette Colbert. Bacall was pressured by Coward's insistence that all his cast have their lines letter-perfect by the time work began on the production. See more »

Goofs

Lucy's lipstick color changes three times when she first meets Robert Stack, from orange-red in the office to coral in the taxi and pink-red in the airplane. See more »

Quotes

Marylee Hadley: I'm allergic to politeness.
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Spoofed in Polyester (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Temptation
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Written by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Heard in the scene where Marylee dances and Jasper Hadley dies
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Dorothy Malone steals the sleazy show!
19 January 2002 | by Vince-5See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this lurid chunk of celluloid camp on television last night. It's a candy-bright trash-o-rama about a secretary (Lauren Bacall) who marries into a filthy rich oil family only to find a more general kind of filth under the gloss of privilege and public respectability.

Oddly enough, both Bacall (usually the epitome of strength and gravity) and Rock Hudson are given fairly bland roles, always remaining above the hideously dysfunctional quagmire that surrounds them. They're too "good" to be very interesting. The characters at the opposite end of the spectrum are what keep our attention. Once soaked in alcohol, a pre-Unsolved Mysteries Robert Stack is immensely entertaining as tormented, pistol-waving Kyle, upset over his inability to conceive the children needed to complete the little American Nightmare in rich-people hell.

However, this decidedly cracked soap is dominated by Dorothy Malone as Marylee, the boozed-up, fast-driving slut with the temperament of your average cobra. Malone won a well-deserved Oscar for her astonishing, one-of-a-kind performance--all bulging eyes and twitching lips, like a drag queen in heat, spewing acid at the other members of the cast. From her wild mambo of death (!) to fondling a model oil derrick (!!!), she is a hilarious delight. Aren't the bad girls always more interesting? Other reviews talk about her being "reformed" at the end. I, personally, did not see that. Yeah, she's upset...but with someone like Marylee, how long is that gonna last?

Later parodied by John Waters's Polyester, Written on the Wind is a seamy, steamy don't-miss. In gorgeously saturated Technicolor.


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