This film was Jerry Wald's swan song, and it was not a proper way to end such an illustrious career. This was a mess, although it had several good creative talents behind it. William Inge's 1959 play "A Loss of Roses" was a flop, so one can only question why it was acquired as a motion
picture property. Supposedly written for Marilyn Monroe, it's setting is the familiar Kansas territory of Inge's background. Woodward is the stripper, a woman who couldn't make it in the movies and is now working in a traveling troupe as a dancer. Her lover and the show's manager is Webber. The
group arrives in the tiny Kansas town where Woodward spent some of her formative years, an...