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Hot Spell (1958)

Unrated | | Drama | June 1958 (USA)
A housewife is doing her best to keep her family together as it's slowly falling apart, a fact she's trying to ignore. Her cheating husband's birthday party is approaching and many lines will be crossed after that event.

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Alma Duval
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John Henry Duval
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Virginia Duval
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John Henry 'Buddy' Duval Jr.
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Billy Duval
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Wyatt Mitchell - Virginia's Boyfriend
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Dora May
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A housewife is doing her best to keep her family together as it's slowly falling apart, a fact she's trying to ignore. Her cheating husband's birthday party is approaching and many lines will be crossed after that event.

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Used as the 'movie in the cemetery' in Valentines Day; referencing Shirley McClaines character as the actress in this movie See more »

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Alma takes a present to their son Buddy to bring home for his Poppa, and is carrying no other packages. But later, when she takes gifts to Billy and Virginia she is still carrying the gift she apparently left with Buddy. See more »

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Featured in Valentine's Day (2010) See more »

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Very 50s, Very Shirley Booth
19 December 2005 | by (new york city) – See all my reviews

I don't know whether it's Shirley Booth's uniquely pathetic acting persona, or simple typecasting, but I always mix this movie up with her other dramas from the 50s, particularly Come Back, Little Sheba. Similarly, I repeatedly misremember this movie as a scenario by William Inge. It is 50s drama at its dankest and Inge-iest, the story of a sad family who live in a frame house in nowheresville, with a Shirley Booth mother who fears losing her husband, feels guilty about not having been a showpiece of a wife, and most of all yearns for a golden past that is probably imaginary. I wonder whether the whole thing isn't really just a recombinant pastiche of TV-playhouse clichés from the early and mid -50s: not only derivative of William Inge but with a generous dose of Paddy Chayefsky and some Tennessee Williams thrown in for good measure. The people who made this film were manufacturing a product to satisfy what they perceived as a popular taste. But I wonder if anyone could have enjoyed it or recommended it to their friends. More likely they felt depressed and unclean and eager to forget the whole thing.


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