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Summer and Smoke (1961)

Plain, repressed spinster falls for a dashing young medical student, but he prefers the wilder life, until it's too late.



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Complete credited cast:
Rosa Zacharias
Dr. Buchanan
Papa Zacharias
Nellie Ewell
Mrs. Ewell
Roger Doremus (as Casey Adams)
Archie Kramer


Since childhood, spinster Alma Winemiller has loved handsome young Dr. John Buchanan, Jr.. But John has fallen hard for Rosa Zacharias, the town's sultry vamp, and descends into a seamy nightlife while ignoring Alma's dreams of romance and possible marriage. Written by alfiehitchie

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Why do some women turn a beautiful thing into something no better than the mating of beasts? See more »


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Release Date:

April 1962 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Verano y humo  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Hal Wallis Productions bought the film rights to the play in 1952, shortly before its Off-Broadway revival, for $100,000. See more »


Referenced in Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) See more »

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Glenville Magic
16 August 2004 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most underrated Films from a T. Williams source. Its star , sadly is Laurence Harvey and even more underrated actor.

Many folks had such huge hopes for a long career for Mr Harvey when it was cut so short we often ponder " what would have been" This film gives us some wonderful insight as to the heights that could have been.

Harvey plays Dr. Buchannon on a multitude of levels of emotional detachment..and is superb. Fitzgerald delivers in her role as the tortured Alma and stalwarts, John MCintyre and Rita Moreno supply the sparks.

Lost in all of this is a fine performance by the large version of Thomas Gomez..who proves again his versatility. I love the irony of the ending with the appearance of Earl Holliman as ' Archie" Good Drama is never dated and Peter Glenville (dir) makes it all happen..also ..one wouldn't be surprised to note that Hal Wallis is the producer..one of the all time best that Hollywood has ever had.

C Pope

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