“Ruby Gentry was born on the wrong side of the tracks, and the people of Braddock never let her forget it.” One of Vidor’s most underrated projects, and a worthy entry in the canon of women’s revenge films, the film unfurls in rural North Carolina, where the swamp air is thick with gossip, jealousy, and sexual hunger. Jennifer Jones stars in the title role, a shotgun-toting “country girl” by turns admired and reviled for her beauty and her willfulness, while Charlton Heston plays the patrician beau who sees Ruby as unworthy of his name. When she marries the richest man in town, however, people get to chattering, and many a fortune is soon to change.