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Season of Passion (1959)
"Summer of the Seventeenth Doll" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  16 December 1961 (USA)
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Two Australian sugarcane cutters spend their annual five-month vacations in Sydney with their mistresses.



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Two Australian sugarcane cutters spend their annual five-month vacations in Sydney with their mistresses.

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Close but no cigar.
5 August 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The single most obvious problem with this film is that you have to go so far down the credits before actually finding an Aussie. The four leads, the old lady, Bubba, even the boxing promoter are all foreign actors. I can vaguely picture a big dumb Yank as played by Mr Borgnine doing some work as a canecutter, but John Mills just doesn't look the part. I have watched him in so many movies and this is probably the first I have ever thought him miscast.

If you are from Sydney there is some great footage of Luna Park in its former glory, the old ferries, Central Station and so on. I believe the play is a mix of humour and drama but there is very little humour in this film. Anne Baxter is probably the best of the four leads, playing a rather desperate sweetheart. Vincent Ball's character is a little too smarmy and one is left wondering why anyone would find him appealing.

It would be very interesting to see a remake with Australian actors in it, although it's doubtful whether the era could be captured as well again. Watch the movie for the locations but don't expect too much from the performances.

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