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 this 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 was not until the 1989 revival, starring Vanessa Redgrave
as Lady Torrance, that the play was a success on Broadway. See more
Wild things leave skins behind them. They leave clean skins and teeth and white bones. And these are tokens, passed from one to another. So that the fugitive kind can follow their kind.
Blanket Roll Blues
Music by Kenyon Hopkins
Lyrics by Tennessee Williams See more