Red Garters

Overview

On paper, Red Garters sounds like a wonderful idea: a raucous spoof of westerns, done up in the stylized fashion of a Broadway musical. Rosemary Clooney and Guy Mitchell, both popular recording stars of the era, head the cast as Calaveras Kate and Reb Randall, while Jack Carson is on hand as wheeler-dealer frontier lawyer Jason Carberry. The plot, which hardly matters, concerns Reb Randall's efforts to find out who was responsible for his brother's death. The film's basic joke is that none of the traditional ...
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Overview

On paper, Red Garters sounds like a wonderful idea: a raucous spoof of westerns, done up in the stylized fashion of a Broadway musical. Rosemary Clooney and Guy Mitchell, both popular recording stars of the era, head the cast as Calaveras Kate and Reb Randall, while Jack Carson is on hand as wheeler-dealer frontier lawyer Jason Carberry. The plot, which hardly matters, concerns Reb Randall's efforts to find out who was responsible for his brother's death. The film's basic joke is that none of the traditional western cliches come to fruition: the bad guys outdraw the good guys, the damsel-in-distress isn't rescued in the nick of time, and so on. Also, this may well be the first sagebrush satire in which the male characters doff their hats respectfully when mentioning "The Code of the West" it certainly wasn' t the last! To emphasize the unreality of the entire project, the backgrounds are designed impressionistically, like an animated cartoon. Red Garters might have worked better as the closing production number on a TV variety program than a 91-minute feature film; even so, everyone involved especially tunesmiths Jay Livingston and Ray Evans deserves credit for trying something different.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2013
  • UPC: 883316755136
  • Original Release: 1954
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  • Source: Paramount (Pmt)
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rosemary Clooney Claveras Kate
Jack Carson Jason Carberry
Guy Mitchell Reb Randall
Gene Barry Rafael Moreno
Cass Daley Minnie Redwing
Frank Faylen Billy Buckett
Reginald Owen Judge Winthrop
Buddy Ebsen Ginger Pete
Richard Hale Dr. J. Pott Troy
Joanne Gilbert Sheila Winthrop
Pat Crowley Susana Martinez De La Cruz
Technical Credits
George Marshall Director
Roland Anderson Art Director
Arthur E. Arling Cinematographer
Nick Castle Choreography
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Pat Duggan Producer
Ray Evans Songwriter
Michael Fessier Screenwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Joseph Lilley Musical Direction/Supervision
Jay Livingston Songwriter
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
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