GenreDrama, Romance Story byRobert Wilder CountryUnited States
Release dateMay 6, 1949 (1949-05-06) (United States) Based onFlamingo Road
by Robert Wilder
Sally Wilder WriterRobert Wilder (screenplay), Edmund H. North (additional dialogue), Robert Wilder (play), Sally Wilder (play) CastJoan Crawford (Lane Bellamy), Zachary Scott (Fielding Carlisle), Sydney Greenstreet (Sheriff Titus Semple), David Brian (Dan Reynolds), Gladys George (Lute Mae Sanders), Virginia Huston (Annabelle Weldon) Similar moviesThe Secret of the Grain, Alaya Al-Tarab Bettalata, Only Human, X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, From the Orient with Fury, Doumbek Technique and Rhythms for Arabic Percussion, Bellydance, and Drum Circles
TaglineA wrong girl for the right side of the tracks.
Flamingo road 1949 title sequence
Flamingo Road is a 1949 American drama directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet and David Brian. The screenplay by Robert Wilder was based on a 1946 play written by Wilder and his wife, Sally, which was based on Robert Wilder's 1942 novel of the same name.
The plot follows an ex-carnival dancer who marries a local businessman to seek revenge on a corrupt political boss who had her railroaded into prison.
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Lane Bellamy is a carnival dancer stranded in the small town of Boldon City in the Southern United States. She becomes romantically involved with Fielding Carlisle, a deputy sheriff whose career is controlled by Sheriff Titus Semple, a corrupt political boss who runs the town. Semple dislikes Bellamy and mounts a campaign against her. She has difficulty finding work and is arrested on a trumped-up morality charge. Meanwhile, Carlisle is the political machine's choice for state senator, and to portray the perfect political family, he marries his long-time girlfriend, Annabelle Weldon.
Sad that the love of her life has divorced himself from her, Bellamy finds work as a hostess at a roadhouse run by Lute Mae Sanders. There, she meets Dan Reynolds, a businessman who supports the corrupt Semple so long as it is profitable. She charms Reynolds into marrying her and the couple moves to the town's best neighborhood, Flamingo Road.
As a kingmaker in the state, Semple decides to run Carlisle for governor and unseat the incumbent. This is too much even for Reynolds and now he decides to oppose Semple. When Carlisle, who has a weakness for alcohol, also begins to show his limits in cooperating with Semple, Semple flies into a rage and abandons him, destroying Carlisle's career. Then Semple makes himself the candidate. At this, Reynolds grows stronger in his opposition. So Semple arranges to have Reynolds framed.
Later a drunken Carlisle, who knows what's happening but feels the situation is hopeless, visits the mansion on Flamingo Road and commits suicide practically in front of Bellamy. This gives Semple another weapon in his bid to ruin Bellamy and her husband, who has now been indicted for graft. Bellamy confronts Semple with a gun and demands he phone the attorney general and confess everything, but a physical struggle ensues and she shoots him dead. At the end, Bellamy is in prison awaiting a ruling and Reynolds indicates he will stick by her.
Joan Crawford as Lane Bellamy
Zachary Scott as Fielding Carlisle
Sydney Greenstreet as Sheriff Titus Semple
Gladys George as Lute Mae Sanders
David Brian as Dan Reynolds
Virginia Huston as Annabelle Weldon
Fred Clark as Dr. Waterson
Gertrude Michael as Millie
Tito Vuolo as Pete Ladas
Alice White as Gracie
Sam McDaniel as Boatright
Howard Barnes wrote in the New York Herald Tribune, "Joan Crawford acquits herself ably in an utterly nonsensical and undefined part...It's no fault of hers she cannot handle the complicated romances and double crosses in which she is involved." Bosley Crowther of The New York Times called it a "jumbled melodrama" in which Crawford robotically experiences a series of crises. Variety described it as "a class vehicle for Joan Crawford, loaded with heartbreak, romance and stinging violence."
The film was adapted into an american TV series, Flamingo Road (1980 - 1982).
The film was released on VHS by Warner Home Video in 1998, which also issued it on DVD in 2008 as part of "The Joan Crawford Collection: Volume 2".
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