Heller In Pink Tights 1960 NR CC

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Inspired by a novel by best-selling Western author Louis L'Amour, Heller In Pink Tights brings the curtain up on the traveling Healy Dramatic Company, a barnstorming 1880s theatrical troupe that spends part of its time emoting on stage - and most of its time fending off confrontational townfolk, irate creditors and suspicious sheriffs.

Starring:
Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

Heller In Pink Tights

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Genres Drama, Western, Romance, Adventure
Director George Cukor
Starring Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn
Supporting actors Margaret O'Brien, Steve Forrest, Eileen Heckart, Ramon Novarro, Edmund Lowe, George Mathews, Edward Binns, Warren Wade, Frank Silvera, Boyd Holister, Leo V. Matranga, Cal Bolder, Taggart Casey, Howard McNear, Robert Adler, Leon Alton, David Armstrong, Gary Armstrong
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Too boring for watching.
Anonymous
I am not a fan of Sophia Loren because she doesn't really act any character except herself in every movie.
Carolina Kat
It's certainly not a major film, but it is a surprisingly engaging evening's diversion.
Trevor Willsmer

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hellerstedt on December 2, 2005
Format: DVD
An odd western adapted - loosely - from a Louis L'Amour novel (Heller With a Gun,) directed by Academy Award winning director George Cukor (My Fair Lady copped the Oscar in 1964,) who was better known for more sophisticated, urban fare (Cukor directed Katharine Hepburn in nine movies,) HELLER IN PINK TIGHTS doesn't fit into any easy categories. It's the story of a traveling acting troupe in the old west, headed by Tom Healy (Anthony Quinn) and featuring the lovely Angela Rossini (Sophia Loren.)

Angela Rossini is based on a San Francisco actress named Adah Bertha Theodore, a legendary beauty who was known to the world, as one San Franciscan writer had it, as "the notorious, glamorous, beautiful, and infamous `Mazeppa'." Tom Healy is loosely based on her husband. One of them, anyway. A musician named Alexander Isaac Menken. A scene from `Mazeppa,' the show-stopping scene in which pink-tights clad Angela is strapped to a horse that gallops across the theater, is recreated in the movie. Exciting stuff, even if it's pretty obvious when they cut to the stunt double. In fact, the best stuff in this movie is the behind-the-scenes look at 19th century frontier theater.

I only know what the internet tells me about Adah Menken and the plot of Louis L'Amour's novel. Adah's beauty was legendary, and Loren is a good fit on that score. The movie's plot, which forces the troupe to stay one town ahead of their creditors, is, well, a little forced. Angela/Loren charms some of the flubbered and flustered town bankers into buying her a dress now and then, but the midnight escapes continue. Steve Forrest plays Clint Mabry, a hired gun who wins a little more than Angela should have gambled in a desperate poker game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 14, 2005
Format: DVD
Entertaining western comedy with the ever-lovely Sophia Loren. Anthony Quinn has a great role as Tom Healy, the manager of a touring Western theatrical troupe who is always trying to keep his star actress Angela Rossini (Loren) under control.

Colourful tale based on the novel "Heller with a Gun" by Louis L'Amour, deftly-directed by George Cukor (whose background in theatre served him in good stead in this backstage-flavoured story). As usual, Edith Head comes up trumps with her costumes (especially for the show-within-the-show). With Margaret O'Brien, Eileen Heckart and Steve Forrest. No extras but the 16:9 transfer should appease fans of this gem.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Russell C. Longmire on June 20, 2005
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This is an offbeat western that has always had a special place in my heart. They do not make them like this any more! The Healy Theatrical Troup travels the west dodging creditors, indians, and outlaws between giving performances that wow the audiences of small western towns. The scenery is picturesque. The acting is terrific. Quinn is great as the sensitive actor who leads the troup and loves Sophia (who doesnt). Steve Forrest is the outlaw who wins Sophia in a poker game and tags along to "protect his investment". And Sophia is at her best in a comedy that showplaces her strong points. Her early comedies have always been my favorites. It is a humorous well thought out piece that was long overdue coming out on dvd. Bravo!
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Often regarded as little more than a curiosity or a footnote to George Cukor's career after he disowned the studio's cut, Heller in Pink Tights turns out to be something of a gorgeously produced delight. Following Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren's travelling theatre company as they skip from old west town to town with their creditors and/or Indians in hot pursuit, it's in many ways more period backstage comedy than comedy western. Quinn is the impresario and Loren his flighty leading lady, the rest of the troupe made up of Edmund Lowe's ageing Shakespearian ("As a young actor I used to worry about my voice holding out. Now it's my kidneys"), Eileen Heckart and Margaret O'Brien as the mother-and-daughter act, with mother constantly trying to keep her daughter a mere 16 and emphasising that she was a mere baby when she had her, and Loren in a blonde wig as the flighty leading lady. When we meet them they're already on the run for the State Line to avoid one writ after she's run up a huge tailor's bill she can't pay, and things don't get much better for them when they reach Cheyenne, the kind of town when you can shoot a man but you can't make fun of marriage in a comic opera. It's there that, trying to ensure they at least have some money when they skip town, Loren loses her entire pot in a card game with Steve Forrest's hired gun - which is doubly unfortunate, since she put herself up as part of the stake. When they do their inevitable runner, he follows to claim his prize, and the money he's owed by Ramon Navarro's businessman for killing some troublesome miners. But Navarro wants to save some money by killing Forrest and Quinn is unaware of the bet...Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John W . Ford on July 14, 2007
Format: DVD
Inspired by best-selling Western author Louis L'Amour (1908-1988) , HELLER IN PINK TIGHTS bring's the curtain up on the traveling Healy dramatic company , a barnstorming 1880s theatrical troupe that speeds part of it's time emoting on stage - and most of its time fending off controntational townfolk , irate creditors and suspicious sheriff . Desperate to find a more flamboyant act to keep their audience entertained , the ensemble's leader Angela Rossini (Sophia Loren 1934 - ) and Town Healy (Anthony Quinn 1915-2001) , Put the *Wild* in Wild West
with their comic misadventures . Directed by Legendary Filmmaker George Cukor (1899-1983) , this rollicking Western Spoof also boast a stellar supporting cast includes Steve Forrester (1924 - ) , Eileen Hackert (1919-2001) , Edmund Lowe (1890-1971) , Margaret O'Brien (1937 - ) , and Ramon Novarro (1899-1968) . High Quality Transfer .
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