Director Robert Parrish's 1955 drama, spanning many years, stars Jane Wyman as a spirited western shopkeeper who watches as her small store flourishes and grows into a hugely profitable business empire. The cast also includes Charlton Heston, Claire Trevor, Thelma Ritter, William Demarest and Wallace Ford.
Lucy Gallant (Robert Parrish, 1955) 6/10
A jilted woman (Jane Wyman) arrives in a derelect Texas oil boom town and discovers she is a business woman when she manages to sell her original Paris trousseau to the shabby ladies in town. Within no time her business catches on and she attracts a rich rancher (Charlton Heston). Then begins the struggle between the woman who has to prove that she is a success and the chauvinistic man who wants a wife who stays at home - of course since it is the 1950s, chauvinism wins over at the end. The female cast - sassy Claire Trevor pining for Heston, Thelma Ritter as Wyman's frumpy friend who transforms into a chic lady…
Chemistry between Heston and Wyman is zero. Claire Trevor and Thelma Ritter steal the movie.
This film has never made it to DVD despite its cast and unusual story. I find it to be one of jane Wyman's better efforts. Her natural coldness proves to be an asset in this story about a woman who gets off a train in a boomtown in Texas, sells her trousseau, and opens a dress shop. She also falls for the local hunk played by Charleton Heston. Her rise to fame and fortune and his reluctance to accept her prominence and attention to her work more than to his love is the complication that they must overcome. Do they? Your guess in a big Hollywood comedy/drama with Thelma Ritter and Claire Trevor adding their incomparable talents to the story.
LUCY is not a great film but a solid, enjoyable romp with some fun people. The fashion show is an interesting set-piece.