Jennifer Jones is quite good as the attractive but actually pretty toxic "Ruby". She comes from the "swamp" end of town but has aspirations to join the middle-class of this North Carolina community. A nasty mishap followed by a chance meeting with the gentle and caring but ailing "Letty" (Josephine Hutchinson) sees her set her first foot on that ladder. She is to stay with the wealthy "Gentry" family and help look after her new benefactress alongside her husband "Jim" (Karl Malden). As she blossoms, she attracts the attention of most, but especially of "Boake" (Charlton Heston). He has dreams,... read the rest.