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Summer and Smoke (1961)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | April 1962 (Austria)
Plain, repressed spinster falls for a dashing young medical student, but he prefers the wilder life, until it's too late.

Director:

Peter Glenville

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (play), James Poe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurence Harvey ... John Buchanan, Jr
Geraldine Page ... Alma Winemiller
Rita Moreno ... Rosa Zacharias
Una Merkel ... Mrs. Winemiller
John McIntire ... Dr. Buchanan
Thomas Gomez ... Papa Zacharias
Pamela Tiffin ... Nellie Ewell
Malcolm Atterbury ... Rev. Winemiller
Lee Patrick ... Mrs. Ewell
Max Showalter ... Roger Doremus (as Casey Adams)
Earl Holliman ... Archie Kramer
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Storyline

Since childhood, spinster Alma Winemiller has loved handsome young Dr. John Buchanan, Jr.. But John has fallen hard for Rosa Zacharias, the town's sultry vamp, and descends into a seamy nightlife while ignoring Alma's dreams of romance and possible marriage. Written by alfiehitchie

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There is a haze, a smoke in summer...from the smouldering fire in this, the season of her longing... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1962 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Verano y humo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway play "Summer and Smoke" by Tennessee Williams opened Oct. 6, 1948 at the Music Box Theatre and ran for 102 performances. Ray Walston was in the cast in a supporting role. See more »

Quotes

John Buchanan, Jr: At the moment, I'm a doctor on leave. On leave from ice packs, quinine and bedpans.
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Summer and Smoke ***1/2
1 March 2008 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Tennessee Williams is at his best here in this great play made into a startling motion picture.

The phenomenal Geraldine Page is absolutely brilliant here as a repressed spinster who finds love with the doctor next door only to throw it away.

Williams continues his never ending attack on religion, rebelliousness, drug addiction and dysfunctional love.

Una Merkel, who received a supporting Oscar nomination for her role as Alma's (Page's) mother, is excellent here. She is weird, a manipulator and pulls out every stop in a very good performance. Too bad that her role was concentrated solely at the beginning of the film.

Laurence Harvey has what it takes as the wild doctor brought down to reality when his lifestyle causes the tragic demise of his father.

Miss Page exhibits every nuance in playing the part that made her such a great actress- a neurotic woman, in conflict with society, or is she a victim of it?


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