Val Xavier, a drifter of obscure origins arrives at a small town and gets a job in a store run by Lady Torrence, a sex-starved woman whose husband Jabe M. Torrance is dying of cancer upstairs. Val is pursued by Carol Cutere, the enigmatic local tramp-of-good-family, who covets his snakeskin jacket as much as his body and tries to seduce him in the cemetery. Val is more attracted to the mature Lady and gets her pregnant. Written by
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Did You Know?
Although set in an unnamed small town in the American south, most of the exteriors for this film were actually shot in Milton, New York, a small town on the Hudson River, approximately 40 miles from New York City. This was done to accommodate director Sidney Lumet
, who did not want to shoot outside his Manhattan home. See more
Are you a lady's man?
Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier
It's been said that a woman can burn a man down... I can burn a woman down.
Blanket Roll Blues
Music by Kenyon Hopkins
Lyrics by Tennessee Williams See more