Lucy Gallant

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Lucy Gallant
Lucy Gallant poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Parrish
Produced by William H. Pine
William C. Thomas
Screenplay by John Lee Mahin
Winston Miller
Starring Jane Wyman
Charlton Heston
Claire Trevor
Thelma Ritter
William Demarest
Wallace Ford
Music by Nathan Van Cleave
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by Howard A. Smith
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • October 20, 1955 (1955-10-20)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Lucy Gallant is a 1955 American drama film directed by Robert Parrish and written by John Lee Mahin and Winston Miller. The film stars Jane Wyman, Charlton Heston, Claire Trevor, Thelma Ritter, William Demarest and Wallace Ford.[1][2][3] The film was released on October 20, 1955, by Paramount Pictures. The story is based on a novella, "The Life of Lucy Gallant," by Texas-born author Margaret Cousins (1905-1996), published in Good Housekeeping magazine in May 1953.[4][5]


While traveling from New York City to Mexico, the stylish Lucy Gallant is stranded by a storm in fictitious New City, Texas, where rancher Casey Cole helps find her suitable lodging. The public reaction to her fashions persuades Lucy to sell the contents of her trousseau, and she decides to stay and open a dress shop.

Lucy lives at Molly Basserman's boarding house and runs her store out of Lady "Mac" MacBeth's brothel, called the Red Derrick. She obtains a loan from banker Charlie Madden. She is courted by Casey, who learns that Lucy was jilted at the altar when her fiance found out about her father's dishonest business practices.

Casey insists that she give up her business. They quarrel, and after joining the United States Army during World War II, he becomes engaged to a fashion model in Paris. But Casey soon returns to Texas to save Lucy from banker Madden's underhanded business dealings. He also salvages their romance.


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  1. ^ "Lucy Gallant (1955) - Overview". Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1955-10-21). "Movie Review - Lucy Gallant - Screen: Fashion Show in Boom Town; Lucy Gallant' Wins Texan at Victoria Producing Team Makes Concession to Women". Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Lucy Gallant". Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  4. ^ Grider, Sylvia Ann; Rodenberger, Lou Halsell, eds. (2003). Let's Hear It: Stories by Texas Women Writers. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 1585442933. 
  5. ^ "Margaret Cousins, Fiction Writer, 91". New York Times. August 2, 1996. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 

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