Take Me to Town
|Take Me to Town|
|Directed by||Douglas Sirk|
|Produced by||Ross Hunter|
|Screenplay by||Richard Morris|
|Story by||Richard Morris|
|Music by||Joseph Gershenson|
|Edited by||Milton Carruth|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$1 million (US rentals)|
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.
- Ann Sheridan as Vermilion O'Toole aka Mae Madison
- Sterling Hayden as Will Hall
- Phillip Reed as Newton Cole
- Lee Patrick as Rose
- Lee Aaker as Corney Hall
- Harvey Grant as Petey
- Dustey Henley as Bucket
- Larry Gates as Marshal Ed Daggett
- Forrest Lewis as Ed Higgins, Storekeepers
- Phyllis Stanley as Mrs. Edna Stoffer
- Dorothy Neumann as Felice Pickett
- Ann Tyrrell as Louise Pickett
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."
In 1960 Hunter was reportedly working on a Broadway version Vermillion. It was never made.
- 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
- Norma Lee Browning (April 28, 1968). "Three Cheers For Ross Hunter". Chicago Tribune.
- Archer, Eugene (16 October 1960). "HUNTER OF LOVE, LADIES, SUCCESS". New York Times. p. X9.