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Heller in Pink Tights (1960)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Romance | 1 March 1960 (USA)
Story of theatrical troupe that travels through the Old West.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screenplay), Walter Bernstein (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Angela Rossini
Anthony Quinn ... Thomas 'Tom' Healy
Margaret O'Brien ... Della Southby
Steve Forrest ... Clint Mabry
Eileen Heckart ... Mrs. Lorna Hathaway
Ramon Novarro ... De Leon
Edmund Lowe ... Manfred 'Doc' Montague
George Mathews ... Sam Pierce
Edward Binns ... Sheriff Ed McClain
Warren Wade Warren Wade ... Hodges
Frank Silvera ... Santis
Boyd Holister Boyd Holister ... McAllister (as Robert Palmer)
Leo V. Matranga Leo V. Matranga ... Gunslinger #2
Cal Bolder Cal Bolder ... Goober
Taggart Casey Taggart Casey ... Gunslinger #1
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Storyline

Nineteenth century Wyoming: the wild West. Mild-mannered Tom Healy has a two-wagon theater troupe hounded by creditors because Angela, his leading lady and the object of his affection, constantly buys clothes. In Cheyenne, they meet with applause, so they hope to stay awhile: the theater owner likes Angela, and she keeps him on a string. She's also the object of the attentions of Mabry, a gunslinger who's owed money by the richest man in Bonanza. Complications arise and the troupe heads for Bonanza, through hostile Indian territory. Is the troupe doomed to a peripatetic life, is Mabry in danger, and does Tom stand a chance with Angela, a hellion in pink tights? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Her Lady Godiva act started the excitement that couldn't be stopped! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heller with a Gun See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Hedda Hopper column of the era, George Cukor and Sophia Loren wanted Clint Walker for role played by Steve Forrest but conflicting schedules made that casting impossible. See more »

Goofs

When Mabry is pursuing the wagons, shots of him from the front show his shadow going uphill to the right of screen. Shots of the wagons from the front show their shadows going to the left of the screen. This would indicate that they are going in opposite directions. See more »

Quotes

Thomas 'Tom' Healy: [upon being kissed by Angie] Is that for something you did, or something you're gonna do?
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Referenced in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

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It took more guts to lead a troupe than to be a gunfighter.
20 October 2004 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

This is a western made by George Cukor, who would not dream about making a western unless it would really be about something else. This one is about show business and I can understand how anybody working in entertainment would identify strongly with it. Anthony Quinn leads a theatrical troupe formed by Sophia Loren, Margaret O'Brien, Eileen Heckart and the legendary Ramon Novarro through the west. They are pursued by creditors and are really living on the edge. Loren, using her charms, is a big help, but this is hard for Quinn who is in love with her to accept. They come to a town and are going to perform Offenbach's 'La Belle Helene', but the owner of the theater thinks the townspeople will never accept a young woman leaving her old husband for the young Paris. Instead they do the opera 'Mazeppa'. Loren gets involved unwillingly with a gunfighter, Steve Forrest, who seems so tough compared to Anthony Quinn, but as the film goes along we start learning how much courage the whole troupe must have to remain in show business. An unusual film, with a lot of meaning.


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