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Loren plays Angela Rossini, leading lady in a down-on-its-luck, traveling theatrical company barely held together by founder Tom Healy (a sympathetic but largely miscast Anthony Quinn). Always staying a step ahead of creditors and lawmen, the troupe stops in a Wyoming town where a hired gunman, Mabry (Steve Forrest), "wins" the reckless Angela, who has long had a romance with Healy, in a poker game. Determined to keep her even as he eludes assassins, Mabry attaches himself to the dispirited Healy's company as it rides through dangerous Indian territory. The final act finds all the principals battling their way to a resolution behind the scenes of a play at a theater Angela has built for Tom with money she stole from Mabry. It's all a little clunky, but Cukor ensures a certain vitality in the proceedings, moves comfortably between striking shifts of comedy to intense drama, makes Loren look great, and exposes--to an unexpected degree--a psychological bond between Angela and Mabry. --Tom Keogh
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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.Read more ›
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.
with a story line you could follow. Quinn and Miss Loren are always entertaining and you know that they are going
to give the movie that you are watching all that they are capable of giving.
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Tom Healy (Anthony Quinn) is the owner of the Healy Dramatic & Concert Company, one of the many small, struggling road outfits that moved from place to place during the 19th... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chrijeff
very good, strange seeing sophia loren with blonde hair and anthony quinn in a western not as the bad guy.Published 12 months ago by edward coyne
I am not a fan of Sophia Loren because she doesn't really act any character except herself in every movie. Add to that a crappy script and I wonder why anyone would watch this.Published on July 18, 2014 by Carolina Kat
corny and even tacky role for Ms Loren and her supporting cast. Too boring for watching. Very poor plot, no beautyPublished on August 12, 2013 by Anonymous
Been looking for this dvd for a while product was in excellant shape fast shipping would buy from this vendor again!Published on August 19, 2010 by Bob
This is a very hard to find movie but should be fun for anyone who likes Sophia (for any reason). It is certainly different from other Westerns. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Movie Lover
One does not usually think of Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren as western stars, but they do a superb job in this movie.Published on December 30, 2009 by Nancy A. Pearson
Haven't watched the video yet, but it arrived quickly and appears to be in great shape. sealed.
As you can tell from the other reviews, this is a film loosely, very loosely, based on one of Louis L'Amour's early western novels. Read morePublished on January 9, 2008 by Kay's Husband
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