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The West, around 1880. The drama troupe Healy is on tour in the endless expanses of the West. The owner of the troupe, Tom Healy, is hopelessly in love with his leading actress Angela Rossini. After various fiasco es and numerous adventures, among which the rescue of a group of workmen attacked by Indians, the exuberant Angela actually becomes the owner of a theatre in Bonanza and saves her outlaw lover from the hired guns of a sinister individual. But of course her love remains with the rough and ready Tom Healy. (Enrico Lancia)
Based on the short story 'Heller with a Gun' by Louis L'Amour.
Hollywood, CA (USA)
Working title: Heller with a Gun
lowest weight on film is in Heller in
Pink Tights for which she weighs
pink tights referred to in the title deserve mention because they
earlier convention of the sex symbol. Nineteenth-century dramas
afforded opportunities for actresses to appear in some form of implied
usually a flesh-pink body stacking. This costume aroused exceptional
for various actresses of that period, including Ada Mencken, to whom
character refers by starring in Mazeppa. In this play within the movie,
strapped to an actual horse, rides through the theater in a pink body
accented by a bit of drapery that covers one breast. Such plays drew
naturally, and created superstar followings for the actresses."
plumed hat Sophia is wearing catches fire on the set on January 28. The
blaze is quickly extinguished and Sophia returns to work.
makes the mistake of wearing velvet trousers in her first horseriding
attempt. As a result she winds up with a bad case of saddle
sores. Those actual scenes
showing Sophia going thataway on a horse are cut from the script. As
Sophia says it: "I flunked the riding lessons. I just couldn't get the
rhythm of it."
The role is offered to Marilyn Monroe but she refuses the part considering it rubbish.
thought Sophia Loren very good, light and humorous.
She's really adorable.”
could never get close to her. If she wants to know you, she sets the
ground rules. Otherwise, it's forbidden territory behind a piece of
crystal-clear unbreakable glass."
Loren, shapely in pink tights and supine upon a
ponderous nag, may be a bit more chic than was Miss Menken but the
is there... Miss Loren is remarkably appealing, as warm and natural as
been in anything since that little pizza item in "The Gold of
Naples", which was probably her best."
Loren, with very becoming blond hair and looking absolutely stunning in
her costumes, demonstrates, as she has once or twice before, that she
has a definite flair as a comedienne.
and Quinn, both miscast, give performances that are alternately
Heller the director, the renowned George Cukor, made me perform in a
blond wig on the strings of a marionette. At least, that's what I
the time. He made me mimic his intonations, his gestures, his facial
expressions, even his eye movements; every day on the set was a
because I didn't feel as if I belonged to myself any more, and felt
that I had
been forced to subjugate my identity as an actress. It was a new
I had not experienced before, and I was thrown by it.”