The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing

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The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Fleischer
Written byWalter Reisch
Charles Brackett
Produced byCharles Brackett
StarringRay Milland
Joan Collins
Farley Granger
CinematographyMilton R. Krasner
Edited byWilliam Mace
Music byLeigh Harline
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
October 1, 1955
Running time
109 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.7 million[1]
Box office$1.3 million (US)[2]
Joan Collins and Ray Milland
Joan Collins and Farley Granger

The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing is a 1955 American film directed by Richard Fleischer from a screenplay by Walter Reisch and Charles Brackett, and starring Joan Collins, Ray Milland, and Farley Granger. The CinemaScope film was released by Twentieth Century-Fox, which had originally planned to put Marilyn Monroe in the title role, and then suspended her when she refused to do the film.[3]


The film relates the fictionalized story of Evelyn Nesbit. Nesbit was a model and actress who became embroiled in the scandal surrounding the June 1906 murder of her paramour, architect Stanford White, by her husband, rail and coal tycoon Harry Kendall Thaw.



Writer Walter Reisch claims the film was his idea; he says 20th Century Fox were enthusiastic in part because producer Charlie Brackett knew Stanford White as a boy. Reisch estimates the film was 70% fact and 30% fictionalised. They tracked down Nesbit to get permission to make the film. Nesbit agreed in exchange for money although she was reluctant to do publicity for the film.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Ragtime, a 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow and a 1981 film also treating the story of Nesbit, Thaw, and White


  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey (1989), Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, The Scarecrow Filmmakers, Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, p. 249, ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1
  2. ^ "The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955", Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956.
  3. ^ "Trivia", IMDb.
  4. ^ McGilligan, Patrick (1991). Backstory 2: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1940s and 1950s. University of California Press. pp. 240–243.

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