(1952) Directed by King Vidor. Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston, Karl Malden. (82 min). Blu-Ray.
A hot-blooded swamp gal uses her wiles to bed the sexiest guy in Braddock, N.C., and wed the richest. A boating accident upends the social order and Ruby, outfitted in a killer wardrobe by iconoclastic New York couturier Valentina, takes on the town and its class-conscious prejudices. Refusing to be judged by unworthy men, she asserts her power through her knowledge of business and finance, and exacts revenge on the narrow-minded town.
“She’s the hero we need these days” (Sass Mouth Dames podcast).
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