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Lucy Gallant (1955)

Approved | | Drama | 25 April 1956 (Portugal)
The success story of a dressmaker who comes to run a group of fashion shops at the expense of her love life.

Director:

Robert Parrish
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Wyman ... Lucy Gallant
Charlton Heston ... Casey Cole
Claire Trevor ... Lady MacBeth
Thelma Ritter ... Molly Basserman
William Demarest ... Charles Madden
Wallace Ford ... Gus Basserman
Tom Helmore ... Jim Wardman
Gloria Talbott ... Laura Wilson
James Westerfield ... Harry Wilson
Mary Field ... Irma Wilson
Allan Shivers Allan Shivers ... Allan Shivers - Governor of Texas
Edith Head ... Edith Head
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The success story of a dressmaker who comes to run a group of fashion shops at the expense of her love life.

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The fabulous story of wildcatters and wonderful women and the millions they made in oil! See more »

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Trivia

Although opening credits and advertising material refer to the film as being filmed in VistaVision, it was, in fact, photographed in the standard 1.37:1 spherical aspect ratio, but with allowance for cropping on the top and bottom of the frame, as was the custom in the transitional years from standard to wide screen projection. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in three separate eras, 1941, 1946, and 1954, but all of Jane Wyman's hair styles and clothes, as well as those of the other women in the cast, are strictly, and severely 1954. See more »

Quotes

Casey Cole: I just wanted to tell ya: you've got your store...
Lucy Gallant: What store?
[they embrace]
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Connections

Referenced in Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

How Can I Tell Her?
Written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Performed by Four Freshmen (as The Four Freshmen)
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Lucy in New City
28 May 2008 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Imagine a New York socialite arriving at a desolate Texas oil town in the 1930s with four suitcases plus a few carry-ons. Poor Lucy Gallant stuck out like a sore thumb! One thing going for her was her ability to adapt to the situation in which is thrown into. She proved she had a head for business when she manages to sell her whole wardrobe to the wives of the new oil barons. These women were ripe for getting whatever fashions they could lay their hands on.

Lucy's success comes with a disappointment. Even though she loves Casey, the man who would end up being a millionaire, she feels she wants to pursue her career as a business woman. After all, she had started out of nothing to build the store of her dreams. Being a woman in that environment also brings her to the reality of seeing what she had built taken away from her during a sneaky maneuver by the man she trusted to help her run the business. In the end, Lucy realizes that being with Casey is a lot more fulfilling than the business she created.

Robert Parrish directed this Paramount release. Jane Wyman was the right choice to play Lucy. She was an intelligent actress who always projected warmth to any role she played. She is the whole reason for watching the film. Charlton Heston plays the awkward Casey Cole with conviction. Others in the cast include the excellent Thelma Ritter, who is a joy to watch in everything she played. Claire Trevor and William Demarest are also seen in pivotal roles.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

25 April 1956 (Portugal) See more »

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