Jennifer Jones


I just saw this movie for the first time and it cemented my opinion
that Jennifer Jones is an overrated actress. I thought she was terrible in
this movie. She was tolerable in "Song of Bernadette" but not in this.

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My mother kept saying "she usually plays sophisticated parts" over and over again, because she couldn't believe how much her attempt at playing a country girl was just totally off the mark. It was so over the top horrible!

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Both my parents always said that they thought she was a rather mediocre actress, at best. They didn't care for her. After seeing her in several films, I'd have to say that she was decent in "The Song of Bernadette" and passable in "Portrait of Jennie", but after David Selznick's death - he, who really tried to mold and shape her career - the 'genie' in the bottle came out. Her range was rather limited, that and her speech impediment made watching her acting painful. And this film was a waste of more talented performers like Karl Malden and Charlton Heston; genuine tripe!

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"Genuine tripe!"
What the hell have you been smoking, ElenaP-3?
RUBY GENTRY is a glorious over-the-top soap opera, and should be revered as such.

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James - couldn't agree more. This is a guilty pleasure of mine. Can't help but love it in a weird kind of way.

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Yes, that's what it is, pure soap opera. And should be revelled in. Why not. If you are going to make a film about swamps, sink in it to your eyeballs. I mean it, I'm not joking. I enjoyed every minute. Godfather it ain't. So what.

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Her speech impediment was indeed painful to watch. I never understood how she became such a big star with that lisp? overbite? whatever it was. She didn't have a pretty face or any particular charm (to me).

And I was embarrassed for everyone in this terrible movie (although Karl Malden did shine).

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She was great in so many pictures: Duel in the Sun, Cluny Brown, Portrait of Jennie, Beat the Devil (one of my favorites), Tender is the Night. Would Elizabeth Taylor (whom I revere) have had the courage to do Ruby Gentry? Not sure.

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I'm guessing Ms Taylor would have passed on this role if it had been offered to her, but it would have been interesting to see her play the girl from the wrong side of the tracks as a complimentary role to her role in A Place in the Sun. Ruby came out in '52 and A place in the Sun came out in '51, so they would have been back to back.

But this just doesn't have the power of APITS.

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Well, shoot! I thought she did a pretty good job. I guess I don't know much about acting. I also didn't notice that she had a speech impediment. But as for the movie, I didn't care much for it. You already know what's going to happen to her in the end, and the ending was really awkward.

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I enjoy Jennifer Jones in Ruby Gentry...she gives it her all in this trashy melodrama. But I think Ava Gardner would have been perfect casting as Ruby as Gardner was the real deal and a North Carolina girl, though it would have made Charlton Heston's decision to dump Ruby absolutely unbelievable.

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The scene where she answers the phone and the person says "Murderer" she makes the weirdest face I have ever seen!
But I loved her in "Duel in the Sun" and "Portrait of Jenny"

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Jennifer Jones did not have a speech impediment. She had the mannerism to grimace and twist her mouth and mold her face in contortions that appeared to be snarling. It was her inclination to do this is dramatic scenes as her career progressed. If her directors didn't control this it could be very distracting. But she was a very fine actress in vehicles where the directors could control the facial grimaces. Sadly, Ruby Gentry is not one of the movies where the directors could control her facial contortions.

Watch "Song of Bernadette", "Love Letters", "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" and especially "Good Morning Miss Dove" to watch the Jones expertise in magnificent acting.



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She was excellent in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.

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You got that right. That was a first rate movie and she nailed the part.

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She's great in The Song of Bernadette, good in Portrait of Jeannie and fits those roles perfectly. Both films also have brilliant cinematography, especially the latter which has dreamlike atmospshere.

I agree she wasn't that great as Ruby Gentry but I didn't think she was bad either...just average. I'll watch next up Duel in the Sun if she's more credible there.

It seems to me that Jones is great as a saint but not so much as a devil, despite her shapely figure. But that doesn't stop me watching Duel in the Sun right now, rather the opposite! ;-P

Edit: Finished Duel in the Sun - and I think JJ was actually pretty good in it as lively half-breed. My final conclusion is that one shouldn't draw conclusions on Jones' acting abilities based on Ruby Gentry alone - where she wasn't at her best.

As for Duel in the Sun as a film... it was rather average and soapy, but with good performance from Jones and a great final scene.

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