Ruthless

Ruthless

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer

Cast: Edgar G. Ulmer, Zachary Scott, Joyce Arling, Louis Hayward

     
 

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Sharkishly handsome Zachary Scott is right in his element in the Eagle-Lion melodrama Ruthless. Told in flashback, this is the story of the rise and fall of unscrupulous financier Horace Vendig (Scott). Hiding behind a veneer of respectability, Vendig steps on and rolls over anyone who stands in his way, including his lifelong friend Vic Lambdin (Louis Hayward)See more details below

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Sharkishly handsome Zachary Scott is right in his element in the Eagle-Lion melodrama Ruthless. Told in flashback, this is the story of the rise and fall of unscrupulous financier Horace Vendig (Scott). Hiding behind a veneer of respectability, Vendig steps on and rolls over anyone who stands in his way, including his lifelong friend Vic Lambdin (Louis Hayward), utilities executive Buck Mansfield (Sydney Greenstreet) and various and sundry women, among them Susan Duane (Martha Vickers) and Christine Mansfield (Lucille Bremer). Poor Diana Lynn is subjected to Vendig's cruelties twice, in the dual role of Martha Burnside and Mallory Flagg. It is a tribute to the acting skills of Zachary Scott that he makes his despicable character somehow likeable and, in the end, rather pathetic. Based on a novel by Dayton Stoddart, Ruthless, like many Eagle-Lion films of its period, was topheavy with loaned-out Warner Bros. contract players. It was also one of the few big-budgeted projects helmed by "cult" director Edgar G. Ulmer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2013
UPC:
0887090058001
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
52,800

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zachary Scott Horace Vendig
Joyce Arling Kate Vendig
Louis Hayward Vic Lambdin
Edith Barrett Mrs. Burnside
Diana Lynn Martha Burnside,Mallory Flagg
Sydney Greenstreet Buck Mansfield
Lucille Bremer Christa Mansfield
Raymond Burr Pete Vendig
Claire Carleton Bella
Martha Vickers Susan Dunne
Ann Carter Martha as a Child
Charles Evans Bruce McDonald
John Good Bradford Duane
Dennis Hoey Mr. Burnside
Edna Holland Libby Sims
Arthur Stone Vic as a Child
Frederic Worlock J. Norton Sims
Bob Anderson Horace - as a child

Technical Credits
Edgar G. Ulmer Director
Paul Dessau Musical Direction/Supervision
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Werner Janssen Score Composer
Joseph Justman Producer
Gordon Kahn Screenwriter
S.K. Lauren Screenwriter
Don Loper Costumes/Costume Designer
Francis D. Lyon Editor
Arthur S. Lyons Producer
F. Paul Sylos Art Director
Frank Sylos Art Director

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