A Biblical epic, minus Mr. DeMille's excess.
Twentieth-Century Fox assembled some rather felicitous elements for
this production: an attractive cast; a reliable director, apparently
teamed with a producer whose taste resulted is a modicum of restraint
when dealing with those elements of the script that might have lent
themselves to the kind of excess favored by C. B. DeMille; production
values that weren't meant to rival the blockbusters of that era, such
as "Ben-Hur" and "Spartacus," but still looked pretty handsome on the
CinemaScope/DeLuxe Color screen; and one of Franz Waxman's typically
lovely scores, which sounded especially good over the stereo sound
system at the Santa Monica, California theater where I saw this during
its post first-run release.
I recall enjoying this film for giving Peggy Wood, then in her
late-sixties, a rare opportunity to act on the big screen. I'd been one
of her many fans ever since tuning in every week to watch her warm and
wise incarnation as "Marta Hansen," the matriarch on one of the
earliest and best long-running TV series, "Mama" (based on a beloved
best-seller, successfully adapted to the Broadway stage, and eventually
filmed, under George Stevens' direction as "I Remember Mama" in 1948,
starring Irene Dunne in one of her most memorable screen appearances).
As Naomi in "The Story of Ruth," Miss Wood's modest and very human
performance gives this film a distinction that garnered many positive
reviews. I also recall that TIME magazine had great fun in ridiculing a
pagan Moabite temple dance performed by a phalanx of bodybuilders,
apparently embarrassing Fox into deleting that sequence, since that
scene of those graceless guys clumping around wasn't in the print I
saw. I wonder if it will be restored in the upcoming DVD release..
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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!.