Lucy Gallant

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An unusually matronly Jane Wyman plays the title character in Lucy Gallant. Adapted from a novel by Margaret Cousins, the story concerns the efforts by Lucy Gallant to make the wide-open spaces of Texas a mecca for High Fashion. Jilted at the altar, Lucy retreats to a booming oil town, where she courageously opens up a gown shop. Rancher Casey Cole (Charlton Heston) is disdainful of "working women", but he never hides the fact that he's madly in love with Lucy. As the film progresses, Lucy nearly loses her business due to financial reverses, but Casey secretly pumps money into her operation, all the while declaring publicly that she's doomed to failure. Lucy's gowns were actually designed by Edith Head, who makes an appearance towards the end of the film, as does the then-governor of Texas, Allan Shivers. Lucy Gallant was the last of the incredibly successful Pine-Thomas productions for Paramount Pictures; there might have been more had not William H. Pine died shortly after completing the film.

Cast

Jane Wyman
as Lucy Gallant
Charlton Heston
as Casey Cole
Claire Trevor
as Lady Macbeth
Thelma Ritter
as Molly Basserman
William Demarest
as Charles Madden
Wallace Ford
as Gus Basserman
Tom Helmore
as Jim Wardman
Gloria Talbott
as Laura Wilson
James Westerfield
as Harry Wilson
Mary Field
as Irma Wilson
Edith Head
as Herself
Joel Fluellen
as Summertime
Jay Adler
as Station Master
Roscoe Ates
as Anderson
Howard Negley
as Train Conductor
Bill Hunter
as (uncredited)
Barbara Stewart
as (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb
as Oil man
Gene Roth
as Oil Man
Max Wagner
as Oil Man
Jack Shea
as Townsman
Joey Ray
as (uncredited)
Benny Burt
as Townsman
Charles Regan
as (uncredited)
Beatrice Maude
as (uncredited)
Fern Barry
as (uncredited)
Emily Getchell
as (uncredited)
Mary Boyd
as (uncredited)
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