Anna Lucasta (1949 film)

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Anna Lucasta is a 1949 America drama film, directed by Irving Rapper and starring Paulette Goddard, Oscar Homolka, and John Ireland. Will Geer, Dennie Moore and Mary Wickes also appeared.[1] It is based on Phillip Yordan's 1944 Broadway play of the same name.

Plot Summary[edit]

When the Lucasta family in Pennsylvania receives a message that a friend's son Rudolf is coming to town to find a wife, they see a chance to make some money. The friend of the family, Strobel, will send $4,000 to accompany Rudolf. The family decides on trying to "sell" one of their own daughters, Anna, to Rudolf. The only one opposed to the idea is the father, Joe, because he hates Anna more than the others. His daughter Stella's husband Frank has to persuade Joe with a beating before he agrees.

Anna is considered a black sheep of the family, living in Brooklyn and working in a bar called Noah's Ark for a living. She is attracted to a sailor named Danny Johnson, and when he tells her he has saved up enough money to go ashore, she believes he will ask her to marry him. But he doesn't.

When Anna is asked by the family to return home, she reluctantly does so, having no other plausible alternative.

It turns out Rudolf isn't as gullible as the family had thought. He is an educated man who plans to work hard on the family land to make it prosper while working as a teacher in a school. He takes an instant liking to Anna, but her father tries to persuade him he could do better. Angry with her father, Anna escapes the house and instead goes down to the local bar for a drink.

Rudolf joins Anna in the bar and they end up having dinner together. Rudolf proposes to her the next day, but she doesn't give him an answer. On the farm she is reminded of when she used to live there when she was younger, and was scolded by her father for kissing a boy, which caused her to leave her home.

Haunted by the bad memories on the farm, Anna goes to the train station to leave the town. Rudolf follows her once again, and persuades her to stay and marry him. He gives her the $4,000 he has with him, but the money are stolen by the family before their wedding.

When Rudolf and Anna are about to get married, sailor Danny arrives and asks for her. Joe talks to him and then goes to Anna and threatens to ruin Rudolf's reputation by disclosing details about Anna's previous life. Joe demands that Anna leaves town with Danny immediately.

Anna sees no other alternative than to leave with Danny and goes back to Brooklyn. But Rudolf doesn't give up. He tracks her down to Brooklyn and eventually discovers the bar where she works. He waits but she doesn't turn up, so instead he leaves a message that her father Joe has died and leaves.

When Anna arrives to the bar she gets the message and tries to contact him. She finds that he has left his hotel already, and loses all hope of reconciliation. When she leaves the bar after work, Rudolf is outside waiting for her.[2]

Cast[edit]

  • Paulette Goddard as Anna Lucasta
  • William Bishop as Rudolf Strobel
  • John Ireland as Danny Johnson
  • Oscar Homolka as Joe Lucasta
  • Broderick Crawford as Frank
  • Will Geer as Noah
  • Gale Page as Katie
  • Mary Wickes as Stella
  • Whit Bissell as Stanley Lucasta
  • Lisa Golm as Theresa Lucasta
  • James Brown as Buster
  • Dennie Moore as Blanche

References[edit]

  1. ^ IMDb film profile
  2. ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/67426/Anna-Lucasta/