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Written on the Wind (Dec-1956)

Director: Douglas Sirk

Writer: George Zuckerman

From novel: Written on the Wind by Robert Wilder

Music: Frank Skinner

Producer: Albert Zugsmith

Keywords: Romantic Drama

Alcoholic Texas millionaire Kyle Hadley falls in love with and proposes to Lucy, an executive secretary he has just met; Kyle's nymphomaniac sister, Marylee, sets her eyes on friend Mitch Wayne, who is also in love with Lucy. Technicolor soap opera with high production values. Won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress; received additional nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Song.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lauren Bacall
16-Sep-1924 12-Aug-2014 Key Largo
Dani Crayne
25-Dec-1934   Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend
Rock Hudson
17-Nov-1925 2-Oct-1985 Ice Station Zebra
Robert Keith
10-Feb-1896 22-Dec-1966 Guys and Dolls
John Larch
4-Oct-1914 16-Oct-2005 Character actor
Dorothy Malone
30-Jan-1925 19-Jan-2018 Written on the Wind
Edward Platt
14-Feb-1916 19-Mar-1974 Chief on Get Smart
William Schallert
6-Jul-1922 8-May-2016 Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show
Robert Stack
13-Jan-1919 14-May-2003 The Untouchables
Grant Williams
18-Aug-1930 28-Jul-1985 The Incredible Shrinking Man


Rock Hudson   ...   Mitch Wayne
Lauren Bacall   ...   Lucy Moore Hadley
Robert Stack   ...   Kyle Hadley
Dorothy Malone   ...   Marylee Hadley
Robert Keith   ...   Jasper Hadley
Grant Williams   ...   Biff Miley
Robert J. Wilke   ...   Dan Willis
Edward Platt   ...   Dr. Paul Cochrane
Harry Shannon   ...   Hoak Wayne
John Larch   ...   Roy Carter
Joseph Granby   ...   R. J. Courtney
Roy Glenn   ...   Sam
Maidie Norman   ...   Bertha
William Schallert   ...   Reporter
Joanne Jordan   ...   Brunette
Dani Crayne   ...   Blonde
Dorothy Porter   ...   Secretary


Review by Gay Greene (posted on 27-May-2009)

I may have said this before, but it bears repeating. "Written on the Wind" is the quintessential film of the '50s, flying in the face of the placid Eisenhower years. Douglas Sirk knew exactly what he was doing when he wanted to show the shallowness of excess. This film is a classic, beautifully done cinematically, based loosely on a true story, and with a musical score that is unsurpassed. Although Lauren Bacall chose to play the sympathetic wife -- the bigger of the two female leads -- it is Dorothy Malone who easily walks away with the picture. Her screen time is limited, but her character's presence is felt throughout the film. Her Academy Award was well-deserved.

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