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The Story of Ruth (1960)

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This is another biblical drama from Henry Koster (The Robe, 1953) that does not measure up to his earlier success, but then any adaptation of a short passage in the Bible would be hard-put to fill over two hours of screen time. Ruth's (Elana Eden) life is followed as she becomes a priestess for the Moabites, ruled over by a high priestess (Viveca Lindfors) whose character is not exactly holy. Ruth eventually falls in love with Mahlon (Tom Tryon) and converts to Judaism. Once Mahlon dies, Ruth decides to escape with his mother Naomi (Peggy Wood) to Bethlehem, where her dramatic story and her love life continue.

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Cast

Tom Tryon
as Mahlon
Les Tremayne
as Elimelech
Leo Fuchs
as Sochin
John Gabriel
as Chilion
John Banner
as King of Moab
Jon Silo
as Tacher
Chrystine Jordan
as Ruth (age 5)
Kelton Garwood
as Kemuel (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim
as Ruth's Father (uncredited)
Ralph Moody
as Cleshed (uncredited)
A. Ben Astar
as Official (uncredited)
Charles Horvath
as Cart Driver (uncredited)
Robert Adler
as Cart Driver (uncredited)
Anthony Jochim
as Ben Nadab (uncredited)
Inez Pedroza
as Rectress (uncredited)
Stassa Damascus
as Rectress (uncredited)
Doris Wiss
as Rectress (uncredited)
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"Fine retelling of the story of Ruth." If you're familar with the book of Ruth, you'll know that most of the characters are dead from the beginning. Therefore, liberties had to be taken to give the audience a grasp on Jewish and Moabite culture. Henry Koster does a very good job filling in the gaps--nothing hokey or heretical--and when Ruth joins Naomi, the film gets into the meat of the story. Elena Eden (who looks a lot like Haya Harareet from "Ben-Hur") has a pleasant Jewish accent and does an exceptional job as the pagan-turned-believer. She displays love, faith, beauty, devotion and courage and you don't wonder why Mahlon and Boaz fell in love with her. Peggy Wood plays Naomi with a sense of faith and conviction and Viveca Lindfords is paticulary good as the sinister high priestess of Chemosh. The pacing is a little slow for modern audiences, but all in all, "The Story of Ruth" is a sweet, heartwarming film that hits the highlights of the book and deserves to be included in the group of sword-and-sandal epics who do their job well.

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