Heller in Pink Tights

Synopsis: Nineteenth century Wyoming: the wild West. Mild-mannered Tom Healy has a two-wagon theater troupe hounded by creditors because Angela, his leading lady and the object of his affection, constantly buys clothes. In Cheyenne, they meet with applause, so they hope to stay awhile: the theater owner likes Angela, and she keeps him on a string. She's also the object of the attentions of Mabry, a gunslinger who's owed money by the richest man in Bonanza. Complications arise and the troupe heads for Bonanza, through hostile Indian territory. Is the troupe doomed to a peripatetic life, is Mabry in danger, and does Tom stand a chance with Angela, a hellion in pink tights?
Genre: Western
Director(s): George Cukor
Production: Paramount Pictures
100 min

- Go on, William!

- Yes, sir.

After them, Sheriff!

Come on!

After them!

They're coming closer, William!

Let them out!

What are you doing? Keep after them.

They're getting away.

They got away.

That there writ ain't no good

west of Nebraska, Mr. Hodges.

"Speak the speech. "

"Speak the speech, I pray you,

as I pronounced it to you...

"trippingly on the tongue; but if you

mouth it, as many of your players do...

- "I hed as lief... "

- Not "hed. " "Had. "

- "I had. "

- Head, had.

"... had as lief

the town crier spoke my lines. "

What are they up to now, baby?

They're just rehearsing, Mama.

So he's forgiven her.

This is the third time that she's gone off

on a buying spree...

picked herself out a whole new wardrobe

and charged it to Healy.

So we have to skip town.

Doesn't he know that if the law

ever catches up with us, he'll lose his show?

My clothes can't stand

another horserace with a sheriff.

It's Angie's fault.

She'll be the ruination of us all.

- She is fun, Mama.

- She's a flirt.

And a teaser.

- What's a teaser, Mama?

- Never you mind, baby. You're too innocent.

She just looks at a man,

and right away he starts...

scraping sand with both feet.

Look at Tom Healy.

He doesn't know

whether he's coming or going.

Thinking she'll marry him.

Why should he marry her

when they already go to...


He'll never have any peace

until he does marry her.

And he knows it.

And neither will she.

Do you think that

she'll give up her freedom?

No, sirree...

she won't give up her freedom.

She's too full of the dickens.

One of these days she's gonna be caught.

Just watch and see.

She is going to be caught,

and it'll be the ruination of us all.

How do you do?

Mr. Montague.

When I was a young actor,

I used to worry about my voice holding out.

- Now it's my kidneys.

- Oh, ladies?

Mrs. Hathaway.

Miss Southby.

- Baby, pull your skirt down.

- Yes, Mama.

Miss Rossini.

Allow me.

- I'm Pierce. You Healy?

- At your service.

The Great Healy Dramatic

and Concert Company's arrived...

to entertain, amaze, and amuse.

- You'd better.

- May I present our players?

- Miss Della Southby.

- Della, the unapproachable.

Our charming soubrette.

Known far and wide, Mr. Pierce,

as the leading child actress on the stage.

And Mrs. Lorna Hathaway, the divine.

What's her changes?

Flute-playing and bird calls.

And Mr. Manfred Montague.

Master of villainy and 26 dialects.

And last, but far from least...

direct from her performance before the

crowned heads of Europe, her native land...

and famed for her feats of prestidigitation,

Miss Angela Rossini.

Now you're talking, Healy.

A well-dressed man like you, Mr. Pierce...

you need a flower for your buttonhole.

Very clever. Now, little lady...

if you'd like to see the theater,

I have the best theater in Cheyenne.

Our town has got 22 of them,

but my theater is the very best.

Mr. Pierce, you have someone

to take our pictures.

How sweet of you.

Look, Tom, a photographer.

Places, everyone.

What are you doing? I'm taking a picture.

You're in the way.

All right, boys, lift them up.

All together.

Get a good hold, don't let them slip.

- They're sure heavy, ain't they?

- It's all that lead in them.

I've got to get this

before they stiffen up too much.

How were they killed?

Killed in a gunfight. This way, folks.


I'll take your gun now, Mabry.

For a minute there I thought

we were gonna have a dead sheriff.

Professional killer. Folks, follow me.

The theater's right up this way.

Lock him up, Sheriff.

- You got to lock him up.

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Dudley Nichols

Dudley Nichols (April 6, 1895 – January 4, 1960) was an American screenwriter and director. more…

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