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The First Travelling Saleslady

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1956
  • Arthur Lubin
  • 92 mins
  • PG

Summary

Comedy western starring Ginger Rogers and Barry Nelson, and featuring an early role for Clint Eastwood. 1897: broke businesswoman Rose Gillray leaves New York for work in Texas, and finds the West can still get pretty wild.

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

You could charitably view this last gasp of what was once the great RKO empire as an early feminist tract, but actually it's a deadly dull, badly paced "comedy" about a corset saleswoman out west reduced to hawking barbed wire. Played by the totally miscast Ginger Rogers and accompanied by the whimsical Carol Channing - proving here once and for all how totally unsuited she was to big-screen leading roles - interest now would come from a very young and bronzed Clint Eastwood playing Channing's cavalry officer boyfriend. Indeed he clearly outclasses nominal leading men Barry Nelson and David Brian. Director Arthur Lubin, who also produced this farrago allegedly once intended for Mae West, supervises matters as though he wishes he were somewhere else.

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Credits

Cast

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Rose GillrayGinger Rogers
Charles MastersBarry Nelson
Molly WadeCarol Channing
James CarterDavid Brian
Joel KingdomJames Arness
Jack RiceClint Eastwood

Crew

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DirectorArthur Lubin

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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