Take Me to Town

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Take Me to Town
Directed by Douglas Sirk
Produced by Ross Hunter
Leonard Goldstein
Written by Richard Morris
Starring Ann Sheridan
Sterling Hayden
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by Milton Carruth
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • June 12, 1953 (1953-06-12) (Los Angeles)
  • June 19, 1953 (1953-06-19) (New York City)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (US rentals)[1]

Take Me To Town is a 1953 Technicolor Western film directed by Douglas Sirk starring Ann Sheridan and Sterling Hayden.


On the lam after a robbery and needing a place to hide out, Vermilion O'Toole and her partner, Newt Cole, settle down in a new town.

Going by a new name, Mae Madison, the lady outlaw is surprised by three young boys who are looking for a new wife for their recently widowed dad, Will Hall. A complication or two arises when the new gal and Will begin to hit it off.



The film was Ross Hunter's first as a producer. The onetime actor was working as a teacher when Ann Sheridan suggested he turn to producing. He worked without salary at the Motion Picture Center to learn producing, then managed to set up the film Take Me to Town at Universal. Sheridan's normal price was $475,000 per film but she agreed to $100,000 to work with Hunter. "It was Annie who really gave me my first break," later recalled Hunter. "She was a very great lady."[2]


  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
  2. ^ Norma Lee Browning (April 28, 1968). "Three Cheers For Ross Hunter". Chicago Tribune. 

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