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
With a guitar and a snakeskin jacket he drifted out of the rain...into the lives of these two women...(original poster)
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Did You Know?
Of the cast of the 1957 Broadway production, Maureen Stapleton
and R.G. Armstrong
made the transition to the screen. While Armstrong reprised his role as Sheriff Talbott, Stapleton took the supporting role of Vee Talbot. Interestingly, Stapleton also was the original Serafina in Tennessee Williams
' "The Rose Tattoo," a role that also was played by Anna Magnani
on-screen. See more
[Xavier and Carol are driving at night in her sports car. She tells him to pull over at what appears to be the entrance to the local cemetery, "Wisteria Hills"
Pull over here.
Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier
[Unaware of where they are
You live around here?
Nobody lives around here! This is the local bone orchard!
Referenced in Masked and Anonymous
Blanket Roll Blues
Music by Kenyon Hopkins
Lyrics by Tennessee Williams See more