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Flamingo Road
     

Flamingo Road

Director: Michael Curtiz,

Cast: Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet

 
The fourth of Joan Crawford's Warner Bros. vehicles, Flamingo Road doesn't hold up as well as her earlier Mildred Pierce or Humoresque, but there's plenty to please the eye and ear. Sideshow kootch-dancer Lane Bellamy (Crawford), stranded in a backwater town, gets a job as a waitress. Lane begins falling in love with Fielding Carlisle (Zachary

Overview

The fourth of Joan Crawford's Warner Bros. vehicles, Flamingo Road doesn't hold up as well as her earlier Mildred Pierce or Humoresque, but there's plenty to please the eye and ear. Sideshow kootch-dancer Lane Bellamy (Crawford), stranded in a backwater town, gets a job as a waitress. Lane begins falling in love with Fielding Carlisle (Zachary Scott), the political protégé of the town's big-daddy sheriff Titus Semple (Sidney Greenstreet). Semple regards Lane as a gold-digging troublemaker, and does his best to break up the romance, framing her on a trumped-up morals charges and having her shipped off to prison. Once out of the "joint," Lane returns to town, seeking revenge against both Semple and Carlisle. She charms political hack Dan Reynolds (David Brian) into marriage, then transforms Reynolds into a "reform candidate" bent on destroying the corrupt Semple machine. Faced with political ruin, Lane's ex-beau Carlisle commits suicide, a fact that Semple uses as a weapon against Reynolds. A showdown is inevitable--but the story is far from over! Flamingo Road later served as the basis for a weekly TV series; both the film and the series were based on a play by Robert and Sally Wilder.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
If you can get past the idea of a fortysomething Joan Crawford playing a carnival kooch dancer, Flamingo Road is a fine, if somewhat humid, soap opera. Like she had in Mildred Pierce (1945), Crawford portrays the ambitious girl from the wrong side of the tracks, a part she could play to perfection by 1949 -- if, that is, the audience is willing to suspend a bit of disbelief. Warner Bros. did what they could to make the obvious age problem less so, hence the appearance of fellow "old-timers" Gertrude Michael and Alice White as Joan's co-workers, but it still strains credulity when Crawford, as one of "the sultan's favorite" belly dancers, attempts to wow 'em on the midway. Crawford isn't the whole show, of course, there is also: Sidney Greenstreet, a fat spider spinning his corrupt web all over town; Zachary Scott, playing the same weak-willed schlemiel he did in Mildred Pierce; and David Brian, a good actor who could hold his own and often did against powerful dames like Joan and Bette Davis.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2017
UPC:
0888574474782
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
1,226

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Lane Bellamy
Zachary Scott Fielding Carlisle
Sydney Greenstreet Titus Semple
David Brian Dan Reynolds
Gertrude Michael Millie
Gladys George Lute-Mae Saunders
Virginia Huston Annabelle Weldon
Fred Clark Doc Waterson
Alice White Gracie
Sam McDaniel Boatright
Tito Vuolo Pete Ladas
Iris Adrian Blanche
Carol Brewster Actor
Tristram Coffin Ed Parker
Pat Gleason Barker
Sunny Knight Waitress
Sammy McKim Bellboy
Dale Robertson Tunis Simms
Dick Ryan Actor
Frank Scannell Man
Pierre Watkin Senator

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Folmar Blangsted Editor
Ray Heindorf Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Edmund H. North Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Wald Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Robert Wilder Screenwriter
Howard Winterbottom Set Decoration/Design

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