Handsome and subdued Biblical tale is tastefully done...
There's no question that THE STORY OF RUTH would have been a lot more
different if it emerged as a Cecil B. DeMille production at the hight
of DeMiller's spectacular career at Paramount. I'm sure he would have
made certain that the writers expanded on the story to bring as much
spectacle and battle scenes as possible in order to bring it up to his
usual "sand and sandals" requirements.
But Henry Koster has taken a simple story, retained the simplistic
values of the plot and made it a moving story of a young woman from a
pagan culture who gradually amends her sinful ways and comes to worship
only one invisible God. Koster has had wonderful success with his two
very rugged looking male stars--TOM TRYON (whose role occupies the
first half of the lengthy film, as a Hebrew) and STUART WHITMAN as the
man Ruth comes to love. JEFF MORROW is also stalwart and appealing as
the man who tries to win her love but fails miserably.
Alas, we now come to the real drawback of the film--ELANA EDEN, the
unknown actress who plays the all important title role--Ruth, and her
acting is, to put it kindly, "limited". In fact, it is only one notch
above the kind of grade school emoting we had from Maria Montez during
the height of her adventures with Jon Hall and Sabu. Furthermore, while
undeniably beautiful in an exotic way, her accent makes much of her
dialog in need of the caption feature. Her wooden performance is
perhaps the reason for her very brief screen career in what should have
been a star-making role.
Surprisingly, despite this main drawback, THE STORY OF RUTH has an
intelligent script, sensible direction and a warm performance by PEGGY
WOOD as Ruth's mother-in-law, Naomi. Miss Wood makes up for the lack of
animation in Elana Eden's role.
Summing up: Handsomely produced, it's an interesting tale told smoothly
without a lot of pomp and circumstance that usually accompanies these
sort of Biblical tales. And Franz Waxman's music is stirring..
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good moview this story from a bible beautifual.
This is one of the only copies of this movie out there on the web. This is a good copy and the story is Biblical for the most part. .
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This movie had a life changing influence on my life
At the age of 14, I idly turned on the TV in the afternoon and saw this
movie just beginning. I felt drawn to see it as I was brought up on
Bible stories and knew the story of Ruth pretty well. I was intrigued
to see how it would be dramatised.
I was fascinated at the movie's expansion of the Book of Ruth's simple
account of Ruth's Moabite beginnings, the evil of this pagan
civilization which sacrificed its own children to Moloch. This part of
the movie is in fact well authenticated by other parts of Scripture.
I was impressed by the beauty of the actress playing Ruth, and by her
portrayal of the beauty of Ruth's character.
I was immediately aware that some license was taken with the beginnings
of the relationship between Ruth and Boaz. In the Biblical version he
was certainly never hostile to her! However as the love story
progressed it had exactly the character of the loving kindness of the
kinsman redeemer exemplified in the Biblical Boaz.
So much did this quality of deep love based on respect and loving
kindness which cares for and wants to look after the beloved impress me
that it actually became a standard against all future love stories,
both fictional and real, were to be measured by me. For quite a number
of years it was almost an unconscious influence, but in my mid 20's
when I started seriously considering marriage,it surfaced and became a
requirement for me in the man I would marry, and in the love we would
have for each other. Somehow this love of Ruth and Boaz seemed much
more REAL than almost all the romances I would see in movies or read
In fact the whole story of Ruth became a pattern for my life, after I
returned to faith and sought a life in which God would be my Guide.
So much so that I now live in Israel, not far from where Ruth came to
live with Naomi . I did find my "Boaz", who had been in some ways so
clearly exemplified for me in "The Story of Ruth".
I still vividly remember the movie and am grateful that , even though
it took some small "liberties" with the Biblical story, it was true to
the spirit of the Book of Ruth!.