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Anna Lucasta (1959 film)

Anna Lucasta
Directed by Arnold Laven
Produced by Sidney Harmon
Written by Philip Yordan
Starring Eartha Kitt
Sammy Davis Jr.
Henry Scott
Music by Elmer Bernstein
(Lee Osborne music editor)
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Editing by Richard C. Meyer
Robert Lawrence
Studio Longridge Enterprises
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s)

February 1959
(general release)[1]
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Anna Lucasta is a 1959 film directed by Arnold Laven and written by Philip Yordan. It stars Eartha Kitt, Sammy Davis Jr., and Henry Scott.[1][2] It is a remake of the 1949 version (directed by Irving Rapper and starring Paulette Goddard), which itself was an adaptation of Yordan's 1936 stage play.

Plot

Anna Lucasta (Eartha Kitt) is a sassy black beauty who was forced to make a living on the streets near the San Diego naval station at a young age after her father had kicked her out. She spends her nights drinking and seducing men in the area. Meanwhile, her mother and father live in Los Angeles, along with their son and another daughter, and their respective spouses under one roof. Her father Joe, an aging alcoholic, receives a letter one day from his old friend Otis Slocum in Alabama.

In his letter, Otis tells Joe he will be sending his son Rudolph (Henry Scott), to California with $4000, in hopes that Joe can help Rudolph find a fine wife. Frank, Anna’s brother-in-law, and her brother Stanley see this as a scheming opportunity to get their share of the $4000. Her mother, Theresa, thinks Anna would be a fine wife for Rudolph, and that it would be a great opportunity for her to get a fresh start. Joe becomes livid at the thought and refuses to speak her name.

After being coerced by the family, he goes to San Diego to bring Anna home. He finds Anna at Noah’s Wharf Café drinking and kissing sailor Danny Johnson(Sammy Davis Jr.), who had just proposed Anna go away with him. Joe insists Anna come home, and since Danny’s proposal did not include marriage, she decides to return home to Los Angeles with her father. Anna quickly catches on to Frank’s and Stanley’s scheme.

Rudolph arrives to the Lucasta residence and is instantly struck by Anna’s beauty. He courts her for a while and finally confesses his feelings to her. Anna reveals the reason she was in San Diego, why her father kicked her out and how she had to make a living on the streets to survive. Rudolph doesn’t care about her past and proposes marriage to Anna. Just before the wedding, Rudolph gets news that he has been hired to be a teacher at a college nearby. Joe, who overheard the news, goes down to the college and tells the Dean that his new hire’s wife is a tramp.

Just after the wedding, Danny shows up determined to take Anna away. After finding out her father’s plans to sabotage any chance of a good life with Rudolph, Anna flees with Danny. They party together in San Diego for a week, until Danny runs out of funds. Anna mentions she has trousseau money in her parents home. They decide to go back to the house to get the money so they could pay their fare to Brazil. When they get there, Anna finds her father in bed, moaning, calling Anna his little angel. She takes her father’s hand, and he dies. Anna breaks out into tears, and Danny leaves the house. As he is leaving, Rudolph and the family are returning from church. Rudolph sees Danny leaving and assumes Anna is back home and in excitement, runs into the house.

Cast

Production

The film was shot at Samuel Goldwyn Studio from early May through early June 1958.[1]

Film credits

Additional film credits:[1]

  • Music: Elmer Bernstein (composer); Sammy Cahn (composer); Lee Osborne (music editor)
  • Art Director: John S. Poplin Jr.
  • Graphic Artist: Charles White
  • Visual Effects: Jack Rabin and Louis DeWitt (special photography effects); Irving Lerner (montage conceived by)
  • Make up: Ted Coodley (makeup artist) and Helene Parrish (hairstylist)
  • Costume-wardrobe: Virginia Dey (wardrobe stylist); Sophia Stutz (women’s wardrobe); Norman Martien (men’s wardrobe)
  • Art Department: Lyle B. Reifsnyder (set dresser); Richard Rubin (prop master)
  • Sound: Jack Solomon
  • Film Production (main): Leon Chooluck (production supervisor); James Yarbrough (script supervisor)

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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