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A Streetcar Named Desire ()


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Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

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Blanche DuBois
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Stanley Kowalski
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Stella Kowalski
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Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell
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Steve Hull
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Pablo Gonzalez
Peg Hillias ...
Eunice Hull
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Newspaper Collector
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The Doctor
Ann Dere ...
The Matron
Edna Thomas ...
The Mexican Woman
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The Helpful Sailor
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Mel Archer ...
Foreman (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Giggling Woman with Eunice (uncredited)
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Passerby (uncredited)
John Gonetos ...
Vendor (uncredited)
Chester Jones ...
Street Vendor (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Maxie Thrower ...
Passerby (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ...
Passerby (uncredited)
John B. Williams ...
Vendor (uncredited)
Buck Woods ...
Vendor (uncredited)

Directed by

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Elia Kazan

Written by

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Tennessee Williams ... (screen play)
 
Oscar Saul ... (adaptation by)
 
Tennessee Williams ... (original play "A Streetcar Named Desire")

Produced by

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Charles K. Feldman ... producer

Music by

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Alex North

Cinematography by

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Harry Stradling Sr. ... director of photography (as Harry Stradling)

Film Editing by

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David Weisbart ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Richard Day
Bertram Tuttle ... supervising art director (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

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George James Hopkins

Makeup Department

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Gordon Bau ... makeup artist
Ray Forman ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Otis Malcolm ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Pat O'Grady ... body makeup artist (uncredited)
Hazel Rogers ... hair stylist (uncredited)

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Don Alvarado ... first assistant director (uncredited)
John Prettyman ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Donald P. Desmond ... set construction (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
John More ... props (uncredited)
George Sweeney ... assistant props (uncredited)

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C.A. Riggs ... sound
Nathan Levinson ... sound (uncredited)
Francis E. Stahl ... boom operator (uncredited)
Frank Weixel ... cableman (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jack Albin ... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Butner ... best boy (uncredited)
Robert Campbell ... gaffer (uncredited)
Stuart Higgs ... assistant camera (uncredited)
E. Truman Joiner ... grip (uncredited)
Fred Mandl ... second camera (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Whittingham ... best boy (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lucinda Ballard ... wardrobe
Lillian House ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Robert O'Dell ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Marguerite Royce ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Ray Heindorf ... musical director
Maurice De Packh ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hal Findlay ... music synchronization (uncredited)
Phil Score ... music editor (uncredited)

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Irene Mayer Selznick ... presenter: on the stage
Polly Craus ... script clerk (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Blanche DuBois, a high school English teacher with an aristocratic background from Auriol, Mississippi, decides to move to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski, in New Orleans after creditors take over the family property, Belle Reve. Blanche has also decided to take a break from teaching as she states the situation has frayed her nerves. Knowing nothing about Stanley or the Kowalskis' lives, Blanche is shocked to find that they live in a cramped and run down ground floor apartment - which she proceeds to beautify by putting shades over the open light bulbs to soften the lighting - and that Stanley is not the gentleman that she is used to in men. As such, Blanche and Stanley have an antagonistic relationship from the start. Blanche finds that Stanley's hyper-masculinity, which often displays itself in physical outbursts, is common, coarse and vulgar, being common which in turn is what attracted Stella to him. Beyond finding Blanche's delicate hoidy-toidy act as putting on airs, Stanley, a plant worker, believes she may really have sold Belle Reve and is withholding Stella's fair share of the proceeds from them. What further affects the relationship between the three is that Stella is in the early stage of pregnancy with her and Stanley's first child. Soon after her arrival at the Kowalskis, Blanche starts to date Mitch, one of Stanley's friends and coworkers who is a little softer around the edges than most of Stanley's friends. Mitch does not hide the fact that he is looking in general to get married because of a personal issue, he wanting Blanche ultimately to be his wife. Mitch is somewhat unaware that Blanche has somewhat controlled their courtship to put herself in the best possible light, both figuratively and literally. But in Stanley's quest to find out the truth about Belle Reve and Blanche's life in Auriol, the interrelationships between Stanley, Blanche, Stella and Mitch may be irrevocably affected, with any revelation about that life which may further destroy what's left of Blanche's already damaged mental state. Written by Huggo

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Taglines ...When she got there she met the brute Stan, and the side of New Orleans she hardly knew existed. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un tramway nommé désir (France)
  • Endstation Sehnsucht (Germany)
  • Un tramvia anomenat desig (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Un tranvía llamado deseo (Spain)
  • Un tranvía llamado deseo (Peru)
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  • 122 min
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Budget $1,800,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia As the film progresses, the set of the Kowalski apartment actually gets smaller to heighten the suggestion of Blanche's increasing claustrophobia. See more »
Goofs When Stanley comes back from taking Stella to the hospital, he is looking for a bottle opener. He finds it on the mantelpiece, shakes up a bottle of beer, and opens it. The beer foams up and spills on his trousers. But if you watch at the moment when he swings himself up to sit on the table - before he opens the bottle - you can see that the front of his trousers are already wet. Apparently they re-shot it without him changing into dry trousers. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Un Américain nommé Kazan (2018). See more »
Soundtracks It's Only a Paper Moon See more »
Quotes Blanche DuBois: Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
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