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« on: November 24, 2007, 06:33:12 PM »

Dir. George Cukor with:

 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
 Ed Binns ...  Sheriff Ed McClain (as Edward Binns)
 Warren Wade ...  Hodges (a creditor)
 Frank Silvera ...  Santis (a miner)

Mildly entertaining "Show Biz Western" , a traveling actors show in the West its worth is mostly looking at Sophia in her various costumes, a dopey story, what a waste of talent. rent only!

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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2007, 02:18:34 AM »

  So are you questioning why it's in that list from the Westerns book you read and reviewed, joe? Grin  The DVD cover alone made me suspicious of this one. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2007, 06:59:06 PM »

Not if you go by the criterior that they gave, but its not anyway near a top 100 Westerns.

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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2010, 10:02:59 AM »

I had stayed away from this because of the title and Loren, but I was wrong. It is a brilliant comed with very good western touches. Had there been more room given to this ones it might have been a major classic. 7\10

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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2017, 06:21:04 AM »

Adding me bit.

Heller? Hell No!

Heller in Pink Tights is directed by George Cukor and adapted to screenplay by Walter Bernstein from the novel "Heller With a Gun" written by Louis L'Amour. It stars Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn, Margaret O'Brien, Steve Forrest, Eileen Heckart and Ramon Novarro. Music is by Daniele Amfitheatrof and cinematography by Harold Lipstein.

In simple terms this is Cukor trying to be clever whilst doing his only Western film. Plot basically follows The Great Healy Dramatic and Concert Company as they represent civilisation and culture coming to the Wild West. It's part spoof, part period farce but always narratively shallow. The costuming and colour lensing are sublime, undeniably, but these can't compensate for such a turgid story being performed by miscast stars.

Quinn called the picture unfortunate, Loren (looking painfully thin and sporting an unfortunate blonde mop on her head) was unhappy with the direction she received and serves solely as a clothes horse, while Cukor himself bemoaned cuts made by Paramount that further damaged what he thought was already a weak story. Receiving mixed reviews upon release, "Heller" was a box office flop, and really it's not hard to see why. Even if there's some value for Loren and Edith Head (costumes) fans. 4/10

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