Written On The Wind

Written on the Wind

Douglas Sirk (1956)

PG Certificate


Our Score
For all its flaunting of wealth and power, this melodrama from Douglas Sirk is a brutal indictment of the way the American Dream plunges spiritual values down-market. Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall star as the "normals" sucked into the hysterical paranoia of a Texas oil millionaire's spoilt offspring, played by Robert Stack and Oscar-winning Dorothy Malone, who are outstanding in their portrayals of unleashed anger and arousal. Flashbacks explain without confusion, and watch the way Sirk uses the colour red to depict Malone's sexuality. It could have been trashy, but in Sirk's masterful hands it becomes a riveting case history.


Kyle Hadley - the heir of an oil dynasty - and his geologist friend Mitch both fall in love with a secretary, with Kyle ultimately persuading her to marry him. She regrets her decision as she bears the brunt of his drinking and unstable personality, while the infatuated Mitch must fend off the manipulative advances of Kyle's equally selfish sister. Drama, with Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone.

Cast & Crew

Mitch Wayne Rock Hudson
Lucy Moore Lauren Bacall
Kyle Hadley Robert Stack
Marylee Hadley Dorothy Malone
Jasper Hadley Robert Keith (1)
Biff Miley Grant Williams
Hoak Wayne Harry Shannon
Dan Willis Robert J Wilke
Dr Paul Cochrane Edward Platt
Roy Carter John Larch
Director Douglas Sirk
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: British Film Institute LtdAvailable on: DVD