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Hot Spell (1958)

Unrated | | Drama | June 1958 (USA)
A housewife is doing her best to keep her family together as it's slowly falling apart, a fact she's trying to ignore. Her cheating husband's birthday party is approaching and many lines will be crossed after that event.

Directors:

Daniel Mann, George Cukor (uncredited)

Writers:

Lonnie Coleman (novel), James Poe
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Cast overview:
Shirley Booth ... Alma Duval
Anthony Quinn ... John Henry Duval
Shirley MacLaine ... Virginia Duval
Earl Holliman ... John Henry 'Buddy' Duval Jr.
Eileen Heckart ... Alma's Friend
Clint Kimbrough Clint Kimbrough ... Billy Duval
Warren Stevens ... Wyatt Mitchell - Virginia's Boyfriend
Jody Lawrance ... Dora May
Harlan Warde ... Harry
Valerie Allen ... Ruby
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A housewife is doing her best to keep her family together as it's slowly falling apart, a fact she's trying to ignore. Her cheating husband's birthday party is approaching and many lines will be crossed after that event.

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Trivia

Producer Hal B. Wallis purchased the rights to Lonnie Coleman's unproduced play in June 1956. See more »

Goofs

When Jack comes home from work, he places his jacket on the stair post. Later when the stair post is shown, the jacket is gone. When Jack is ready to leave the house again, the jacket is back on the stair post, he grabs it and puts it on. See more »

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Very 50s, Very Shirley Booth
19 December 2005 | by margotSee all my reviews

I don't know whether it's Shirley Booth's uniquely pathetic acting persona, or simple typecasting, but I always mix this movie up with her other dramas from the 50s, particularly Come Back, Little Sheba. Similarly, I repeatedly misremember this movie as a scenario by William Inge. It is 50s drama at its dankest and Inge-iest, the story of a sad family who live in a frame house in nowheresville, with a Shirley Booth mother who fears losing her husband, feels guilty about not having been a showpiece of a wife, and most of all yearns for a golden past that is probably imaginary. I wonder whether the whole thing isn't really just a recombinant pastiche of TV-playhouse clichés from the early and mid -50s: not only derivative of William Inge but with a generous dose of Paddy Chayefsky and some Tennessee Williams thrown in for good measure. The people who made this film were manufacturing a product to satisfy what they perceived as a popular taste. But I wonder if anyone could have enjoyed it or recommended it to their friends. More likely they felt depressed and unclean and eager to forget the whole thing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Next of Kin See more »

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Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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