Video Release: August 1, 2006
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 146 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
When her father dies, Pearl Chavez, a voluptuous young half-breed girl, is sent to live with cattle baron Senator McCanles, his two handsome sons and his alcoholic wife. The McCanleses -- distant cousins of Pearl's -- own a ranch half the size of the state of Texas. On their palatial settlement, they live by the law of the land as set down by the Senator, a cantankerous patriarch. Immediately after Pearl arrives at Spanish Bit, the Senator's sons begin to vie for her love. Though Pearl longs for Jesse, a learned and decent man, she can't resist Lewt, the dark-hearted rancher who pursues her relentlessly. Once business takes Jesse north, Pearl and Lewt give into their passion for one another. Societal conventions may prevent them from marrying, but their undying attraction for one another won't stop them from becoming lovers.
In this classic Western, two brothers become bitter rivals after a beautiful half-Indian woman comes to live on their sprawling ranch and disturbs their dynasty. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Actress--Jennifer Jones and Best Supporting Actress--Lillian Gish.
Daniel Selznick, the son of producer David O. Selznick, said that his father was obsessed with re-making "Gone with the Wind" and that this film was the closest he came to remaking that film.
In King Vidor's autobiography, "A Tree is a Tree," he wrote about his experience with Selznick. Vidor claims that Selznick re-wrote scenes several times and would show up on the set after he had finished filming a scene and ask Vidor to film it again because his re-write was better.