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Take Me to Town (1953)

A pretty saloon entertainer escapes the marshal's custody and hides in a small town where she unexpectedly becomes surrogate mother to three motherless boys who wish to see their father re-married.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

Richard Morris (screenplay), Richard Morris (story "Flame of the Timberline")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sheridan ... Vermilion O'Toole aka Mae Madison
Sterling Hayden ... Will Hall
Phillip Reed ... Newton Cole
Lee Patrick ... Rose
Lee Aaker ... Corney Hall
Harvey Grant Harvey Grant ... Petey
Dusty Henley Dusty Henley ... Bucket
Larry Gates ... Marshal Ed Daggett
Forrest Lewis ... Ed Higgins, Storekeeper
Phyllis Stanley ... Mrs. Edna Stoffer
Dorothy Neumann ... Felice Pickett
Ann Tyrrell ... Louise Pickett
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Storyline

Saloon entertainer Vermilion O'Toole and her former partner in crime Newt Cole escape from a train ride to prison and hide out in logging town Timberline. Meanwhile, the three 'cute' sons of widower Will Hall come to town in search of a wife for their dad, and pick our heroine. Vermilion needs to lay low to escape the marshal, so she accepts the boys' offer to visit pioneer community Pine Grove. Once there, she annoys local Mrs. Grundys but eventually starts to fit in. But what is that blackhearted villain Newt Cole up to? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The tall, tall tale of Vermillion O'Toole.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1953 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Babamızı Evlendireceğiz See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Ross Hunter's first film as a producer. See more »

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A Malayan Sun Bear, the most easily tamed of all bears, is presented as the dangerous American Grizzly. See more »

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TAKE ME TO TOWN
(uncredited)
Written by Lester Lee and Dan Shapiro
Performed by Dorothy Neumann, Ann Tyrrell and Ann Sheridan'
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Vermillion O'Toole, a girl with Oomph
12 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

We all have to start somewhere and for Ross Hunter, producer of some big budget spectacular soap operas for Universal in the 50s and 60s started out with this western family comedy where three kids match make saloon entertainer Ann Sheridan with their father logger/preacher Sterling Hayden. Sheridan is going incognito trying to avoid marshal Larry Gates and a former boyfriend outlaw/gambler Philip Reed who also escaped from Gates.

Sheridan is traveling under the name of Vermillion O'Toole, a tribute to the tint of red in her hair. Hayden's three kids are taken with that hair even in their pre-pubescent years and decide she'd be great.

Surprisingly she takes to being domestic and of course it all works out despite some of the more narrow minded folks in the town who think she's not a suitable mate for the town's spiritual leader.

Being an entertainer calls for Sheridan to have a number or two which she delivers with gusto. Special mention has to be given to Lee Patrick who plays the cigar smoking saloon owner who goes back with Sheridan. Her mission is to distract Gates and distract him she does.

Take Me To Town still holds up well after over 60 years as good family film making.


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