Perhaps the definitive Douglas Sirk production, Written on the Wind is based on the novel by Robert Wilder. The story revolves around the Hadleys, a wealthy but thoroughly debauched family of Texas oil millionaires. Robert Stack is self-destructive alcoholic Kyle Hadley, while Dorothy Malone won an Oscar for her equally vivid potrayal of Kyle's nymphomaniac sister Marylee. Kyle manages to win beautiful, level-headed advertising executive Lucy Moore (Lauren Bacall) away from his best friend, virile Hadley Oil geologist Mitch Wayne (Rock Hudson), but Lucy soon comes to regret her decision to marry into the hell-on-earth Hadley family. When Lucy becomes pregnant, Kyle assumes that Mitch is the father, leading to a maelstrom of fever-pitch emotionalism and stark tragedy. Before he quite knows what is happening, Mitch is on trial for murder; the one person who can clear him is the craven Marylee, who demands Mitch's sexual favors as the price for her testimony. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
This film has great cinematography and a great cast, but the story was just so so. It could've been much better but certain parts of the story seemed too over the top. It's worth checking it out if you're a fan of classics.
This film has a great cast, but the script and direction were only so-so.
It is kind of fun and worth seeing for Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall, but still it is an over the top melodrama that doesn't really work.
Dorothy Malones character is more than a little bit campy- and she usually is a good actress....also in this film is Robert Stack, another good actor that gives a bad performance in this film.
had to be the direction....oh well- they all can't be as good as Giant.
Two love triangles make a square. Dorothy Malone is boiling in oil in this company town where the rich are losers. A gun introduced in act one goes off in act three, along with lots of other phallic symbols along the way.