The First Traveling Saleslady

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The First Traveling Saleslady
Poster of the movie "The First Traveling Saleslady".jpg
Film poster
Directed by Arthur Lubin
Produced by Arthur Lubin
Written by Devery Freeman
Stephen Longstreet
Starring Ginger Rogers
Carol Channing
Barry Nelson
Music by Irving Gertz
Cinematography William E. Snyder
Edited by Otto Ludwig
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • August 15, 1956 (1956-08-15) (US)[1]
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States

The First Traveling Saleslady was a 1956 American film, starring Ginger Rogers and Carol Channing.[2][3] Commercially unsuccessful, it was among the films that helped to close RKO Pictures.

Future western stars Clint Eastwood and James Arness have supporting roles in the film.


Corset company owner and independent-thinking suffragette Rose Gillray has her wagon struck by a 'horseless carriage' in 1897 New York. This early automobile is driven by Charlie Masters, who tells her it's the transportation means of the future.

At work, Rose is helping singer Molly Wade into a boldly designed new corset when she gets the idea that using it for Molly's costume on stage would help to promote sales, but instead the show is shut down by the police.

With her business failing, Rose owes money to Jim Carter, whose steel business manufactures the metal used for a corset's stays. Jim takes a shine to Rose and offers her a chance to sell his barbed wire, which is not selling well out west, where his salesmen get run out of town - or worse.

Ending up in Kansas City, accompanied by Molly and followed by Charlie, a cattlemen's association convention seems a good place to try to sell the barbed wire. But cattle rancher Joel Kingdon gives her the runaround, attracted to her personally but warning her against peddling wire. She tries his home state of Texas next, but once again, Joel interferes, putting the women out of business temporarily.

Joel and Jim both end up in love with Rose and proposing marriage, but she rejects both. Charlie, though, comes along offering a ride to California, where he's got another new notion that he wants to explore: machines that fly.


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  1. ^ "The First Traveling Saleslady: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Variety film review; August 15, 1956, page 6.
  3. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; August 18, 1956, page 132.

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