It's interesting how King Vidor who made beautiful silent films and highly respectable and unashamedly emotional dramas in the thirties and forties ended up creating the entertainingly feverish kitschfests "Beyond the Forest," "The Fountainhead," "Duel In The Sun" and "Ruby Gentry." Even with ridiculous scripts, he gives you something to watch. Also, from the evidence of his silent comedies, he had a sense of humor.
I'm certainly a sucker for films that drip with the American South, and Ruby Gentry is told thick in the middle of it. Hands down one of the best movies I've ever seen. Every bit of it - from the fantastic completely overlooked score to the wild story and all in between - Ruby Gentry ranks among the greats.