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A Cold Wind in August (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 1 May 1961 (Sweden)
An older woman seduces an impressionable working-class boy who falls deeply in love with her. Disillusionment sets in when the boy discovers that she is a stripper.



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Credited cast:
Iris Hartford
Vito Pellegrino
Papa Pellegrino (as Joe DeSantis)
Clarke Gordon ...
Harry (as Clark Gordon)
Janet Brandt ...
Ann Atmar ...
Jana Taylor ...
(as Charles Brill)
Juley Franz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Hayes


An older woman seduces an impressionable working-class boy who falls deeply in love with her. Disillusionment sets in when the boy discovers that she is a stripper.

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If you care about love, you'll talk about a teenage boy and a woman who is all allure, all tenderness... and too much experience




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Lola Albright and co--star Herschel Bernardi had previously supported Craig Stevens in Blake Edwards' PETER GUNN, which often featured the sultry Albright coolly singing jazz standards. See more »

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Lola Albright provides a dramatically sultry performance in A Cold Wind in August
23 July 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

Just watched this movie that I first read about in one of Pauline Kael's books of collections of her movie reviews. I can't remember what she said about it but I don't remember her panning it either. Anyway, it stars Lola Albright-who was one of the stars of the TV show "Peter Gunn" at the time-as a stripper who lives in a good apartment and Scott Marlowe as the 17-year-old kid who has an affair with her not knowing anything about her profession. They both are quite good, especially Ms. Albright, though like some of the other reviewers here, I did think Marlowe seemed a little old to play a late teen. Part of me also thought the ending seemed a little abrupt though that might have been due to the low budget nature of the film and that it's adopted from a novel that probably had a few more additional passages after that end. Still, director Alexander Singer guides the drama fairly well with the help of the jazzy score by Gerald Fried, melodramatic though it may have seemed at times. And Ms. Albright sure turns up the steam every time she appears, doesn't she? So on that note, I highly recommend A Cold Wind in August.

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