Heller in Pink Tights
|Heller in Pink Tights|
|Directed by||George Cukor|
|Produced by||Carlo Ponti
|Written by||Walter Bernstein (writer)
Louis L'Amour (novel)
|Music by||Daniele Amfitheatrof|
|Editing by||Howard A. Smith|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release dates||March 1, 1960|
|Running time||100 min.|
The movie is noted for its lavishly ornate costumes by Edith Head and its impressive photography and usage of Technicolor. Though not a commercial success, Heller In Pink Tights is thought by some film historians to be George Cukor's most lavishly visual film.
Cukor had never been pleased with the "look" of most westerns and he hired George Hoyningen-Huene, a famous Russian-born fashion photographer and 1920s illustrator who was an expert at art and design. The final result is a unique film that looks like a cross between a Frederic Remington painting and a Toulouse-Lautrec rendering of music hall performers.
Heller in Pink Tights co-stars Margaret O'Brien, Ramon Novarro and Eileen Heckart. It also marks Loren's lowest weight on film. The normally voluptuous and full-figured star lost almost twenty pounds at Cukor's request and donned a blond wig.
In the 1880s, followed by bill collectors, the Healy Dramatic Company arrives in Cheyenne to play at the West’s grandest theatre. Continental actress Angela and owner-manager Healy head a troupe that includes Della as ingenue; her mother, a character actress, Lorna; and a grand old Shakespearean ham, Doc Montague. After a creditor arrives, Angela collects a night’s receipt from theatre owner Pierce, she risks all on a poker game with gunslinger Clint Mabry — puts herself up as collateral — and loses.
That night the drama company will left Cheyenne and Mabry will follow them on his own horse. After meeting on the road, in the area of the Indians, Tom Healy will agree Mabry to join with them in spite of the objection of Angela. During halt, the drivers of the cart’s would be killed by three red Indians, and in the last moment Mabry will gun down two and the last one will escape. With no time in hand, the team will fly away along with the horse leaving the cart and other things left over. Soon the red Indians will came to attack them by getting news from the 3rd escaped one, the team along with Mabry will reach on the top of mountain.
Mean time the person De Leon of Bonanza, who appointed Mabry for killing 3 person at Cheyenne at the contract of $5000, will refuse to pay the money to him. He will appoint another 3 person to for killing Mabry before him reach to De Leon. One of them will come through the mountain road to search Mabry, when the other two will wait on the regular road.
After crossing the snowed mountain peak, the team will stop for rest near by a water fountain. Tom, Angela and Mabry will involved in a quarl and Angela will confess that she lost herself to Mabry in the poker game, and as per the game, Mabry will demand her as his property, which certainly upsets Tom.
When Angela is by the fountain side, Mabry will approach her, and Tom will go there. From the distant the other gunman appointed by De Leon will shoot Tom, thinking him as Mabry. Mabry will catch the person and will come to know the fact.
Finally they will reach a nearby city, and Tom will suffer from high fever. He will decided to break the drama company and will say Angela to go back to the place of her own choice, and Tom will send the share money of her to that address after selling the horses. Mabry will ask Angela to help him for getting the $5000 from De Leon of Bonanza. She will collect the money from him and wait some where in Bonanza, and in a suitable time Mabry will meet her and get the money. Out of that $500 she will keep with her, what she lost in the poker game.
Agreeing the same she will reach to Bonanza and get the money from De Leon. He will appoint his two spy to follow her and get the address where she is staying. But with the money when she will come out of his office, opposite side of the road, she will see a theater house for sale. Without a second thought she will enter there, and purchase the same with the money and will put the name of the theater by the name of Tom, i.e. “Healy’s Theater”.
After getting well, Tom and other team members will come Bonanza. Suddenly they will see the theater. With a great surprise, they will enter in side, and see Angela is rehearsing there. They will unite again there, and start the drama Mazeppa with a big success. In between the stage show, Mabry will come and claim his money from Angela. She will confess that all she spend for the theater, but very soon she will return it back from the profit. With a hot talk situation, he would be noticed by De Leon’s persons. And Tom will help him to go out from the theater.
In the final seen, on the empty hall, Tom is waiting for Angela with a frustrating mood as she is missing along with Mabry. Suddenly she will appear there and assures Tom, that she settled the monitory things with Mabry by mortgaging the theater. Getting shock Tom asks her how could she signed the paper when it is in his name? In reply Angela will say she signed as Mrs. Thomas Healy. Tom will lift her on his arms and will go to the room. 
- Sophia Loren as Angela Rossini
- Anthony Quinn as Thomas 'Tom' Healy
- Margaret O'Brien as Della Southby
- Steve Forrest as Clint Mabry
- Eileen Heckart as Mrs. Lorna Hathaway
- Ramon Novarro as De Leon
- Edmund Lowe as Manfred 'Doc' Montague
- George Mathews as Sam Pierce
- Edward Binns as Sheriff Ed McClain
- Warren Wade as Hodges (a creditor)
- Frank Silvera as Santis (a miner)
- Robert Palmer as McAllister
- Leo V. Matranga as Gunslinger #2
- Cal Bolder as Goober (De Leon's man)
- Taggart Casey as Gunslinger #1
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