One of the earliest film list books I bought that helped twist my tastes. (along with the Danny Perry books)
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.
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.
- Fatal Attraction
- The Fury
- The Hand that Rocks the Cradle