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Written on the Wind (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 December 1956 (USA)
Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

George Zuckerman (screenplay), Robert Wilder (based on the novel by)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Mitch Wayne
Lauren Bacall ... Lucy Moore Hadley
Robert Stack ... Kyle Hadley
Dorothy Malone ... Marylee Hadley
Robert Keith ... Jasper Hadley
Grant Williams ... Biff Miley
Robert J. Wilke ... Dan Willis
Edward Platt ... Doctor Paul Cochrane (as Edward C. Platt)
Harry Shannon ... Hoak Wayne
John Larch ... Roy Carter
Joseph Granby Joseph Granby ... R.J. Courtney
Roy Glenn ... Sam
Maidie Norman ... Bertha
William Schallert ... Reporter
Joanne Jordan Joanne Jordan ... Brunette
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Storyline

On 24 October 1955, the hard-work geologist of the Hadley Oil Company Mitch Wayne meets the executive secretary Lucy Moore in the office of her boss Bill Ryan in New York and invites her to go to a conference with the alcoholic playboy and son of a tycoon Kyle Hadley. On the way of the meeting, he confesses that they had traveled from Houston to New York to satisfy the wish of the reckless Kyle, who is his best friend since their childhood, of eating a sandwich from club 21 and the meeting was just a pretext to Kyle's father Jasper Hadley. Mitch and Kyle immediately fall in love for Lucy, and Kyle unsuccessfully uses his money to impress Lucy; then he opens his heart and proposes Lucy. They get married and travel to Acapulco and the insecure Kyle stops drinking. Meanwhile, Kyle's sister Marylee is an easy woman and has a non-corresponded crush on Mitch that sees her as a sister. One year later, Kyle discovers that he has a problem and might be sterile and starts drinking again. The ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The story of a decent love...that fought to live against the vice and immorality of an oil baron's wastrel family...and of the ugly secret that thrust their privates lives into public view! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #96. See more »

Goofs

When Marylee insinuates that Lucy is having an affair, Kyle slaps her. However, Marylee begins to flinch before Kyle raises his hand. See more »

Quotes

Hoak Wayne: What was the matter with you today, son? You were supposed to be hunting, not brooding.
Mitch Wayne: I'm sorry, dad.
Hoak Wayne: Anything we can talk about?
Mitch Wayne: Did you ever hear of Iran?
Hoak Wayne: Africa? Asia? Asia I guess. What about it?
Mitch Wayne: I'm thinking of going there.
Hoak Wayne: For Hadley, son?
Mitch Wayne: No. Trans American Oil.
Hoak Wayne: Got a bellyfull of the Hadleys? I sometimes wonder if I did right by you, putting you with Jasper and his kids. Meant it all for the best, wanted you to have the chance I had and didn't take.
Mitch Wayne: I better level with you, dad, about...
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Connections

Referenced in Female Trouble (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Written on the Wind
Music Victor Young
Lyrics Sammy Cahn
Sung by The Four Aces
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Vertiginous, violet and tongue in cheek social comment.
12 March 2001 | by ascorcaighSee all my reviews

One of the most oddly colored (violets,bright yellows and reds) wildly flamboyant films made in the 50's, expatriate German director Douglas Sirk made this as a soap opera with a nasty satiric bite. Although Lauren Bacall and Rock Hudson as staid camp followers of a wealthy Texas family are the "stars", it's the perverse characters played by Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone who make the film such a vivid nightmare of the Eisenhower era of outdoor barbecues and post-war wealth. Malone in particular, playing a nymphomaniac oil heiress who dances wildly while her father dies of a heart attack, breaks the mold of the sexually sequestered decade.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,495
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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