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First let me say that Jennifer Jones was amazingly beautiful and when playing subdued characters like those in Song of Bernadette or Portrait of Jenny, she was a good actress. But when she tried to "stretch" and play lower class, smoldering spite fires as in Duel in the Sun and this movie, unfortunately, she over acts, in certain scenes almost laughably. Karl Malden is wonderful as always, and the young Charleton Heston is just gorgeous. All that being said, this movie is a lot of fun, steamy as they came in the early 50s. Come to think of it, King Vidor directed both Duel and this movie. I wonder if he, at least partially, accounts for Jennifer's occasional scenery chewing?
Back in the day, this movie was condemned by the Legion of Decency; however, even by today's standards, this is one hot film! I've never been a Jennifer Jones fan but she is superb in this role. The haunting theme song, "Ruby," is played to this day in many nightclubs and was quite famous back then too. The best line in the film is said by Ruby on the sailboat with Karl Malden when she asks "What is love, Jim?" It says everything about Ruby who is a mixed up gal who loves two men who both love her. After Jim's accidental death, you understand her vengeance against the townspeople who blamed her for Jim's death. Do see this film. You won't regret it, as the performances are simply terrific!
Not my Favorite Jennifer Jones film
- Alan E.
When I research this movie, it tells me that it was a successful Jennifer Jones film at a time when she had not been having hits. When I was a kid, I was very impressed with the movie A Portrait of Jennie, I still number it as one of my All time favorite films. I saw it on TV when I must have been about 10-12 or so. I thought Jennifer was just lovely. I also found her enchanting in Love Letters. I think she is underated in Tender is The Night which is a later film. And I thought she had the only interesting female part in Towering Inferno- and I was pretty PO when she died in that movie. I found Ruby Gentry not a particularly well made film, and I think her a little self conscious in it- a bit mannered.
Very satisfying melodrama
- Jarrod McDonald
Jennifer Jones and Charlton Heston both give steamed-up performances in this sexy melodrama. The beginning of the film starts off a little slow, but when Heston's character marries someone else, it gets very interesting. As I watched, I thought of other actresses who could've played the role of Ruby: Ava Gardner and Gene Tierney came to mind. What Jones gives it, however, is a surprisingly realistic tomboyish quality. For the first half of the film, she wears very modest clothing (mostly jeans) and acts very rough and unsophisticated. She acts more mature and glamorous when her character marries a very wealthy man. This is a fun movie to watch. It is very direct in its soap opera-like plot. Jones and Heston keep it lively...Karl Malden is excellent in the supporting cast. And King Vidor's direction sets it apart from other melodramas.
this is one of the hottest movies I have ever seen. Jennifer Jones's intense acting ability makes it worth it.