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The minister of the town has died and his son Chad has no tears for him. Sarah, who now calls herself Salome, is pregnant with Chad's baby, but Chad has no future, no job and no money. Therefore, she leaves town on the train heading East. On the train she meets Tony who is heading back to Yale. Tony and his sister Catherine have one thing in common; they are both young, rich and bored with their lives. Salome goes to Yale with Tony and they are soon married, but she does not tell him about Chad or the pregnancy. Ruby takes Chad to New York where he plays trumpet and makes a name for himself. Catherine leaves school and moves in with Tony and Salome, creating tension between the young couple.Written by
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No, the film isn't about natives sitting on a log eating arms and legs. It's a metaphor for the cast of four brunettes who take turns devouring each other with their words and actions. Wood is the dirt poor daughter of a (very fertile!) farmer and spends much of her time washing off and feeding her 6 younger siblings. She does find time, however, to get cozy with Wagner before leaving town. Wagner is her childhood sweetheart who lacks ambition, but not talent. He blows a horn like no other. (The film insists he blows it well, but viewers will see otherwise as he enacts the most ridiculous and unintentionally uproarious "routines" imaginable - speaking his thoughts and then interpreting them to "music"!) Wood hooks up with rich kid Hamilton (whose hair never moves one millimeter throughout the film) and soon bobs her hair and goes from backwoods beauty to brittle, shellacked mannequin. (She is strikingly beautiful throughout though, even when one character puts her looks down, she is gorgeous.) Hamilton has a crazed, incestuously-inclined sister (Kohner) who wreaks all sorts of havoc while gnashing, salivating and shrieking continuously. Meanwhile, Wagner finds his calling with the help of down-on-her-luck singer Bailey. She decides to wish herself into dying because her man left her and refuses to sing under any circumstances. (Yet, when Wagner finally gets her to warble again, she won't shut up, singing a three-song set that seems like it might not ever end!) The romantic complications reach a fever-pitch with lots of over-the-top dialogue and face-slapping, glass-throwing and other melodramatic touches until a fairly unbelievable "happy" ending comes along. Wagner is pretty bad here. He looks nice, at times, and is clearly trying, but the script is surreally bad and he is in over his head anyway. Wood isn't in top form either, her character's motivations aren't always clear and her moods swing like a pendulum. Hamilton's character has no meat to it, so he basically stands around looking unconvincingly concerned. Kohner is too much. Nothing about her is real. She is so overwhelmingly grating and almost alien-like with her prominent eyes and throaty, screeching voice. Like most of the other characters, she resembles nothing close to a real human being. All of the leads sport the world's most horrible in-and-out Texas accents. It is astonishing how bad and intermittent they are. It sometimes seems like a high school got funding from MGM to film their latest play (though the MGM gloss is still intact with a few eye-popping sets and some lovely clothes, hairstyles, etc...) Bailey probably provides the best acting onhand, but her character is pitiful. The bulk of the supporting cast don't have a lot to do, but Gregg tries to interject some life into her role as Wood's stepmother and Albertson raises the camp level with her snooty portrayal of Hamilton and Kohner's mom. The film contains a few points of interest, but fails as human drama. You need humans for that.
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