Take Me to Town

Take Me To Town is a 1953 Technicolor Western film directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Ann Sheridan and Sterling Hayden.

Take Me to Town
Directed byDouglas Sirk
Produced byRoss Hunter
Screenplay byRichard Morris
Story byRichard Morris
StarringAnn Sheridan
Sterling Hayden
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byMilton Carruth
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 12, 1953 (1953-06-12) (Los Angeles)
  • June 19, 1953 (1953-06-19) (New York City)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million (US rentals)[1]


On the lam after a robbery and needing a place to hide out, Vermilion O'Toole and her partner, Newt Cole, settle down in a new town.

Going by a new name, Mae Madison, the lady outlaw is surprised by three young boys who are looking for a new wife for their recently widowed dad, Will Hall. A complication or two arises when the new gal and Will begin to hit it off.



The film was Ross Hunter's first as a producer. The onetime actor was working as a teacher when Ann Sheridan suggested he turn to producing. He worked without salary at the Motion Picture Center to learn producing, then managed to set up the film Take Me to Town at Universal. Sheridan's normal price was $475,000 per film but she agreed to $100,000 to work with Hunter. "It was Annie who really gave me my first break," later recalled Hunter. "She was a very great lady."[2]

In 1960 Hunter was reportedly working on a Broadway version Vermillion. It was never made.[3]


  1. 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
  2. Norma Lee Browning (April 28, 1968). "Three Cheers For Ross Hunter". Chicago Tribune.
  3. Archer, Eugene (16 October 1960). "HUNTER OF LOVE, LADIES, SUCCESS". New York Times. p. X9.
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