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Rings on Her Fingers

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Director Rouben Mamoulian completed a three-picture 20th Century Fox deal with this airy comic romance that attempted to ape the story and style of the previous year's The Lady Eve 1941 but without that film's success. While vacationing in Southern California, accountant John Wheeler Henry Fonda intends to purchase a boat, a luxury for which he's saved long and hard on his limited income. Maybelle Spring Byington and Warren Laird Cregar, a pair of grifters on the prowl for a mark, overhear John discussing the ...
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Overview

Director Rouben Mamoulian completed a three-picture 20th Century Fox deal with this airy comic romance that attempted to ape the story and style of the previous year's The Lady Eve 1941 but without that film's success. While vacationing in Southern California, accountant John Wheeler Henry Fonda intends to purchase a boat, a luxury for which he's saved long and hard on his limited income. Maybelle Spring Byington and Warren Laird Cregar, a pair of grifters on the prowl for a mark, overhear John discussing the upcoming transaction and mistake him for a millionaire. They persuade pretty sales clerk Susan Miller Gene Tierney to help them dupe John by pretending to be their daughter and fall in love with him. As the couple spends time together, however, Susan really does fall in love with John. She backs out of her agreement with the con artists, tells John the truth, and learns that he's not a man of means. The truth does nothing to diminish their feelings for each other, and the happy couple marries, but Warren and Maybelle are not quite done with Susan yet, and they embark on a scheme to find her a real millionaire.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Considering the talent involved with it, Rings On Her Fingers must rate as a disappointment. What makes matters even worse is that it's also a blatant attempt to feed off the success of an earlier film, the marvelous The Lady Eve. Both films are comedies about grifters after an easy mark and how one of the grifters falls in love with her prey. The difference is that Eve is blessed with heavenly, witty writing and incisive direction from Preston Sturges, whereas Rings is earthbound in its writing and surprisingly clunky in its direction. Rouben Mamoulian, normally an inventive and interesting director, seems unsure what he's doing associated with this movie; Rings lacks the flair that he brings to his films and is helmed in an almost disinterested manner. Like Eve, Rings does have Henry Fonda, and he's quite the best thing in the film. Once again playing an honest, naïve every-day feller, Fonda is immensely likeable throughout and uses his considerable skills to milk laughs out of situations that don't really deserve them. Opposite him, Gene Tierney looks absolutely sensational, but she lacks the distinctive personality that could take a non-descript role and bring it to life. Much better are Spring Byington and Laird Cregar as the cons who devise the scheme to bilk Fonda. They're a great deal of fun, and they and Fonda could almost convince you that Rings is worth watching. Almost.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2012
  • UPC: 024543810674
  • Original Release: 1942
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,731

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Fonda John Wheeler
Gene Tierney Susan Miller, Linda Worthington
Laird Cregar Warren
Spring Byington Mrs. Maybelle Worthington
John Shepperd Tod Fenwick
Frank Orth Kellogg
Henry Stephenson Col. Prentiss
Marjorie Gateson Mrs. Fenwick
George Lessey Fenwick, Sr.
Eric Wilton Butler
William Benedict Newsboy
Sarah Edwards Mrs. Clancy
Thurston Hall Capt. Beasley
Clara Blandick Mrs. Beasley
Charles Wilson Capt. Hurley
Edgar Norton Paul
George Lloyd Chick
Kathrun Sheldon Landlady
Frank Sully Cab Driver
Mel Ruick Roulette Dealer
Herbert Ashley Policeman
Sam Savitsky Barney
Shepperd Strudwick Tod Fenwick
Mary Treen
Evelyn Mulhall Miss Alderney
Bob Ryan Attendant
Iris Adrian Peggy
Harry Hayden Train Conductor
Gwendolen Logan Miss Calahan
James Adamson Redcap
Hooper Atchley Onlooker
Brooks Benedict Crap Dealer
Frank Coghlan Jr. Page Boy
Wilbur Mack Onlooker
Charles Moore Porter
Clive Morgan Charles
David Newell Player
Tom O'Grady Bystander
Constance Purdy Party Giver
Phil Tead Ticket Agent
Herb Vigran Cab Driver
Technical Credits
Rouben Mamoulian Director
Joseph E. Aiken Sound/Sound Designer
George Barnes Cinematographer
Richard Day Art Director
Ken Englund Screenwriter
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Albert Hogsett Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfred Newman Score Composer, Songwriter
Guy Pearce Makeup
Joseph Schrank Original Story
Milton Sperling Producer
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer
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