The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing

The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
Poster of the movie The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Produced by Charles Brackett
Written by Walter Reisch
Charles Brackett
Starring Ray Milland
Joan Collins
Farley Granger
Music by Leigh Harline
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Edited by William Mace
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
October 1, 1955
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.7 million[1]
Box office $1.3 million (US)[2]

The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing is a 1955 American film directed by Richard Fleischer from a screenplay by Walter Reisch and Charles Brackett, and starring Joan Collins, Ray Milland, and Farley Granger. The CinemaScope film was released by Twentieth Century-Fox, which had originally planned to put Marilyn Monroe in the title role, and then suspended her when she refused to do the film.[3]


The film relates the fictionalized story of Evelyn Nesbit (Joan Collins). Nesbit was a model and actress who became embroiled in the scandal surrounding the June 1906 murder of her paramour, architect Stanford White (Ray Milland), by her husband, rail and coal tycoon Harry Kendall Thaw (Farley Granger).



Writer Walter Reisch claims the film was his idea; he says 20th Century Fox were enthusiastic in part because producer Charlie Brackett knew Stanford White as a boy. Reisch estimates the film was 70% fact and 30% fictionalised. They tracked down Nesbit to get permission to make the film. Nesbit agreed in exchange for money although she was reluctant to do publicity for the film.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey (1989), Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, The Scarecrow Filmmakers, Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, p. 249, ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1
  2. ^ "The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955", Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956 .
  3. ^ "Trivia", IMDb .
  4. ^ McGilligan, Patrick (1991). Backstory 2: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1940s and 1950s. University of California Press. pp. 240–243.

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