Claudelle Inglish (1961)

99 mins | Melodrama | 20 September 1961

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writer:

Leonard Freeman

Producer:

Leonard Freeman

Cinematographer:

Ralph Woolsey

Production Designer:

Malcolm C. Bert

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures
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HISTORY

Rights to Erskine Caldwell’s yet-to-be-published novel, Claudelle Inglish, were acquired by Warner Bros. in late 1958, as announced in the 31 Dec 1958 DV. Although the expected publishing date for the book was listed as Mar 1959, a 21 Jan 1959 Var item noted that it had been delayed until 24 Nov 1959. A Warner Bros. executive named Michael Garrison, recently promoted from an assistant position, was assigned to produce the picture, according to a 21 May 1959 DV brief, and Mel Dinelli was hired to adapt the script (Horton Foote had previously been attached as screenwriter), as noted in the 3 Jun 1959 Var. Diane McBain’s casting was mentioned in the 1 Dec 1960 DV, which also indicated that Gordon Douglas would direct for producer Leonard Freeman.
       A production chart in the 23 Dec 1960 DV announced that principal photography had begun on 14 Dec 1960. Location filming took place in Stockton, CA, the 28 Aug 1961 DV reported, and the remainder of shooting took place on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, CA.
       The picture opened on 20 Sep 1961 in New York City, where it played on a double bill with The Steel Claw (1961, see entry). Critical reception was largely negative. However, Howard Shoup received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (Black-and-White).
       Robert Logan made his feature film acting debut in Claudelle Inglish. Logan had recently been discovered while pitching for the Los Angeles City College baseball team and had been signed to a multiple-picture deal with Warner Bros. ... More Less

Rights to Erskine Caldwell’s yet-to-be-published novel, Claudelle Inglish, were acquired by Warner Bros. in late 1958, as announced in the 31 Dec 1958 DV. Although the expected publishing date for the book was listed as Mar 1959, a 21 Jan 1959 Var item noted that it had been delayed until 24 Nov 1959. A Warner Bros. executive named Michael Garrison, recently promoted from an assistant position, was assigned to produce the picture, according to a 21 May 1959 DV brief, and Mel Dinelli was hired to adapt the script (Horton Foote had previously been attached as screenwriter), as noted in the 3 Jun 1959 Var. Diane McBain’s casting was mentioned in the 1 Dec 1960 DV, which also indicated that Gordon Douglas would direct for producer Leonard Freeman.
       A production chart in the 23 Dec 1960 DV announced that principal photography had begun on 14 Dec 1960. Location filming took place in Stockton, CA, the 28 Aug 1961 DV reported, and the remainder of shooting took place on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, CA.
       The picture opened on 20 Sep 1961 in New York City, where it played on a double bill with The Steel Claw (1961, see entry). Critical reception was largely negative. However, Howard Shoup received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (Black-and-White).
       Robert Logan made his feature film acting debut in Claudelle Inglish. Logan had recently been discovered while pitching for the Los Angeles City College baseball team and had been signed to a multiple-picture deal with Warner Bros.
       The following actors and actresses were cast, according to various items published in DV, Los Angeles Sentinel, and LAT between Jan and Feb 1961: Pat Colby; Bill Suiter; George Mayon; Susan Crane; Kim Hector; Zelda Cleaver; Bobby Buntrock; and Tommy DeMilo, who was set to perform the role of a carnival barker. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
31 Dec 1958
p. 3.
Daily Variety
21 May 1959
p. 1.
Daily Variety
1 Dec 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
23 Dec 1960
p. 10.
Daily Variety
10 Jan 1961
p. 3.
Daily Variety
26 Jan 1961
p. 16.
Daily Variety
27 Jan 1961
p. 3.
Daily Variety
28 Aug 1961
p. 3, 10.
Los Angeles Sentinel
10 Aug 1961
Section C, p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
2 Jan 1959
Section A, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
11 Jan 1961
Section B, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
19 Jan 1961
Section B, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
7 Feb 1961
Section A, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
7 Oct 1961
Section B, p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
13 Oct 1961
p. 27.
New York Times
21 Sep 1961.
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Variety
21 Jan 1959
p. 3.
Variety
3 Jun 1959
p. 4.
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 September 1961
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 20 September 1961
Los Angeles opening: 11 October 1961
Production Date:
began 14 December 1960
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Copyright Date:
9 September 1961
Copyright Number:
LP27097
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
99
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Claudelle Inglish, the teenage daughter of a Georgia sharecropper, is in love with Linn Varner, a farm boy. Claudelle's mother, Jessie, all too aware of her own drab existence, tries to discourage the romance by urging Claudelle to marry S. T. Crawford, an older, wealthy farm owner. But Claudelle refuses, and she remains faithful to Linn even when he is drafted into the Army. When he writes that he is planning to marry someone else, however, Claudelle brazenly turns into the town trollop. Her first affair is with Dennis Peasley, whose father owns the general store. Dennis falls in love with her, but Claudelle begins "accepting gifts" from most of the other men of the town, including Dennis's father. When Clyde Inglish, Claudelle's father, learns of his daughter's reputation and accuses her of being a tramp, Claudelle angrily confronts him with the news that Jessie has been seen making love to S. T. Crawford in a parked car. A short time later, Dennis and local tough Rip Guyler come to blows over Claudelle. Their bloody fight ends in death when Rip runs his car into the hysterical Dennis. The next morning, a repentant Claudelle tells her father that Jessie has left home. Sobered by the news, father and daughter decide to move away and begin a new life. But Harley Peasley, deranged by his son's death, arrives at the Inglish farm, corners Claudelle, and shoots her. Clyde rushes into the house and embraces his daughter as she ... +


Claudelle Inglish, the teenage daughter of a Georgia sharecropper, is in love with Linn Varner, a farm boy. Claudelle's mother, Jessie, all too aware of her own drab existence, tries to discourage the romance by urging Claudelle to marry S. T. Crawford, an older, wealthy farm owner. But Claudelle refuses, and she remains faithful to Linn even when he is drafted into the Army. When he writes that he is planning to marry someone else, however, Claudelle brazenly turns into the town trollop. Her first affair is with Dennis Peasley, whose father owns the general store. Dennis falls in love with her, but Claudelle begins "accepting gifts" from most of the other men of the town, including Dennis's father. When Clyde Inglish, Claudelle's father, learns of his daughter's reputation and accuses her of being a tramp, Claudelle angrily confronts him with the news that Jessie has been seen making love to S. T. Crawford in a parked car. A short time later, Dennis and local tough Rip Guyler come to blows over Claudelle. Their bloody fight ends in death when Rip runs his car into the hysterical Dennis. The next morning, a repentant Claudelle tells her father that Jessie has left home. Sobered by the news, father and daughter decide to move away and begin a new life. But Harley Peasley, deranged by his son's death, arrives at the Inglish farm, corners Claudelle, and shoots her. Clyde rushes into the house and embraces his daughter as she dies. +

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