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?
"Battle of Angels", the original version of Tennessee Williams
' play "Orpheus Descending" on which the film is based, flopped in Boston in 1940 and did not make it to Broadway. The 1957 Broadway production of the reworked play, starring Cliff Robertson
and Maureen Stapleton
as Val and Lady Torrance, also was a flop. It wasn't until the 1989 revival starring Vanessa Redgrave
as Lady Torrance that the play was a success on Broadway. 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!
Blanket Roll Blues
Music by Kenyon Hopkins
Lyrics by Tennessee Williams See more