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Heller in Pink Tights (1960)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Romance | 1 March 1960 (USA)
Story of theatrical troupe that travels through the Old West.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screenplay), Walter Bernstein (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Angela Rossini
Anthony Quinn ... Thomas 'Tom' Healy
Margaret O'Brien ... Della Southby
Steve Forrest ... Clint Mabry
Eileen Heckart ... Mrs. Lorna Hathaway
Ramon Novarro ... De Leon
Edmund Lowe ... Manfred 'Doc' Montague
George Mathews ... Sam Pierce
Edward Binns ... Sheriff Ed McClain
Warren Wade Warren Wade ... Hodges
Frank Silvera ... Santis
Boyd Holister Boyd Holister ... McAllister (as Robert Palmer)
Leo V. Matranga Leo V. Matranga ... Gunslinger #2
Cal Bolder Cal Bolder ... Goober
Taggart Casey Taggart Casey ... Gunslinger #1
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Storyline

Nineteenth century Wyoming: the wild West. Mild-mannered Tom Healy has a two-wagon theater troupe hounded by creditors because Angela, his leading lady and the object of his affection, constantly buys clothes. In Cheyenne, they meet with applause, so they hope to stay awhile: the theater owner likes Angela, and she keeps him on a string. She's also the object of the attentions of Mabry, a gunslinger who's owed money by the richest man in Bonanza. Complications arise and the troupe heads for Bonanza, through hostile Indian territory. Is the troupe doomed to a peripatetic life, is Mabry in danger, and does Tom stand a chance with Angela, a hellion in pink tights? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some men tamed the West with lightning guns...others with iron fists...but one woman held the West in the palm of her hand...lying, cheating, kissing, repenting and kissing again...from Virginia City to Cheyenne! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heller with a Gun See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The novel and the film are inspired by the life of vaudeville actress Adah Isaacs Menken (1835-1868). See more »

Goofs

When Mabry is pursuing the wagons, shots of him from the front show his shadow going uphill to the right of screen. Shots of the wagons from the front show their shadows going to the left of the screen. This would indicate that they are going in opposite directions. See more »

Quotes

Thomas 'Tom' Healy: [upon being kissed by Angie] Is that for something you did, or something you're gonna do?
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Referenced in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

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A Western Cukor Style
5 January 2008 | by littlemartinarocenaSee all my reviews

The look alone is worth the trouble. Rich, colorful, slightly baroque. Sophia Loren is as good as when she's directed by a great actor's director, this time is not Vittorio De Sica but George Cukor and her timing, her intention as a character is total perfection. Her sympathy is not merely believable but contagious and sympathy was Loren's secret weapon. True, it's not your Ford or Hawks western if anything it's closer to Sergio Leone with a slightly more refined if not feminine sensibility. The showdowns here are not of gun powder but of love power. The Art Direction is superb and the film shouldn't be dismiss because it doesn't fulfill the rules of the genre. This is a Cukor film and that in itself makes it a cut above most movies. Anthony Quinn is also traveling unknown territory very successfully. Eileen Heckart is, as usual, a scene stealer: "She's only sixteen!, only sixteen, do you hear?" she shouts trying to protect her most valuable asset, her daughter, played by Margaret O'Brien wanting to be accepted as a 20 year old. An extra plus for film lovers is a glimpse of Ramon Novarro one of the biggest stars of the silent era.


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