Ruby Gentry

Wildes Blut
Ruby Corey, whose father runs a hunting lodge, spends part of her youth in the home of the wealthy Jim and Letitia Gentry. She begins a relationship with Boake Tackman, a young and ambitious entrepreneur. But he spurns her to marry a rich heiress. Ruby is out for revenge and marries the newly widowed Jim Gentry. A tragic accident soon after leaves her with the means to carry out her plans for vengeance … Despite certain parallels with King Vidor’s Duel in the Sun, this film is actually closer to Hallelujah, even adopting pieces of its dialogue and the setting for the finale. Ruby Gentry represents something of a round-up of Vidor’s work – humans battling with nature, including their own; the grabbing of land for cultivation; blazing passions; and the presentation of almost all forms of wet elements (water, fog, mud, sea) – they all epitomise key leitmotifs in the director’s oeuvre. Ruby is presented as a provocative icon, as purposeful as she is sensual, armed with a Winchester, melding the melodramatic elements of his films with the parts dedicated to the American pioneer spirit.
by King Vidor
with Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston, Karl Malden, Tom Tully, Bernard Phillips, James Anderson, Josephine Hutchinson, Phyllis Avery, Herbert Heyes, Myra Marsh
USA 1952 English 82’ Black/White Rating R16


  • Jennifer Jones
  • Charlton Heston
  • Karl Malden
  • Tom Tully
  • Bernard Phillips
  • James Anderson
  • Josephine Hutchinson
  • Phyllis Avery
  • Herbert Heyes
  • Myra Marsh


Director King Vidor
Screenplay Silvia Richards
Story Arthur Fitz-Richard
Cinematography Russell Harlan
Editing Terry Morse
Music Heinz Roemheld
Sound Jean L. Speak
Art Director Dan Hall
Costumes Valentina, Marie Hermann, Bill Edwards
Assistant Directors Milton Carter, Bert Spurlin
Producers Joseph Bernhard, King Vidor

Produced by

Bernhard-Vidor Productions, Inc.

Additional information

Print: Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm

King Vidor

Filmography (selection)

1919 The Turn in the Road; Lost film 1925 The Big Parade (Die große Parade) 1928 The Crowd (Ein Mensch der Masse) 1929 Hallelujah 1934 Our Daily Bread (Der letzte Alarm) 1938 The Citadel 1940 Northwest Passage (Nordwest-Passage) 1947 Duel in the Sun (Duell in der Sonne) 1949 The Fountainhead (Ein Mann wie Sprengstoff) 1956 War and Peace (Krieg und Frieden) 1959 Solomon and Sheba (Salomon und die Königin von Saba)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020