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Heller in Pink Tights (1960)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Jun 7, 2005

Running Time
1 hour, 40 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures

Studio Carlo Ponti Productions, Paramount

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Other Titles
• Heller in Pink Tights (1960)
• Die Dame und der Killer (1960)



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Genre: Adventure, Romance, Drama, Western, On The Road, Showbiz, Satire, Police, Thieves

Plot: The only Western director George Cukor ever made, HELLER IN PINK TIGHTS is a comedy about show business with satirical commentary on the Western genre. The film, based on a novel by Louis L’Amour and full of witty exchanges and a striking visual style, concerns a vaudeville troupe that stays one step ahead of the bill collector as it tours the frontier circa 1880. The central premise finds ringleaders Angela Rossini (Sophia Loren) and Tom Healy (Anthony Quinn) needing a more flamboyant act than normal in order to entertain the citizens of the wild West. The film and the novel are based upon the unconventional theatrical career of Adah Isaacs Menken, whose perennial equestrian role became legendary in the 19th century. HELLER IN PINK TIGHTS was Walter Bernstein’s first script since he was blacklisted in the 1950s, and his efforts, together with a fine score and impressive cinematography, helped Cukor capture a legendary era.

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 Directed by
George Cukor
Gone with the Wind, My Fair Lady, The Philadelphia Story
 Written by
Walter Bernstein
The Legend of Billie Jean, The Front, The House on Carroll Street
Louis L'Amour
Crossfire Trail, Hondo, The Quick and the Dead
 Cast
Sophia Loren
Grumpier Old Men, Prêt-à-Porter, El Cid
Anthony Quinn
Lawrence of Arabia, Last Action Hero, Strada, La
Margaret O'Brien
Meet Me in St. Louis, Jane Eyre, Little Women
Steve Forrest
The Longest Day, Spies Like Us, Amazon Women on the Moon
Eileen Heckart
The First Wives Club, Heartbreak Ridge, Bus Stop
Ramon Novarro
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, The Big Steal, Mata Hari
Edmund Lowe
Dinner at Eight, The Wings of Eagles, I Love You Again
[more]
 Music By
Daniele Amfitheatrof
Song of the South, Letter from an Unknown Woman, The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel



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