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The Fugitive Kind (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 August 1960 (Japan)
Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter trying to go straight, wanders into a small Mississippi town looking for a simple and honest life but finds himself embroiled with problem-filled women.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier
... Lady Torrance
... Carol Cutrere
... Vee Talbot
... Jabe Torrance
... Sheriff Jordan Talbot (as R. G. Armstrong)
Virgilia Chew ... Nurse Porter
Ben Yaffee ... 'Dog' Hamma
Joe Brown Jr. ... 'Pee Wee' Binnings
Mary Perry
Madame Spivy ... Ruby Lightfoot (as Spivy)
... David Cutrere
Sally Gracie ... Dolly Hamma
... Beulah Binnings
Emory Richardson ... Uncle Pleasant, the Conjure Man
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Having fled New Orleans to avoid arrest, the undeniably alluring Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier (Val), a trouble-prone guitar-playing drifter, wanders into a small Mississippi town aiming to go straight and lead a quiet, simple life. He gets a job in the dry goods store owned by a sexually-frustrated middle-aged woman named Lady Torrence, whose sadistic elderly husband, Jabe, is dying. With an obscure past and passions of her own, Lady finds herself attracted to Val, pulsating with passion anew, as he presents an arousing antidote to her bitter marriage and small-town hum-drum life, but also vying for Val's attention are the alcoholic, sex-crazed Carol Cutrere and the unhappily-married Vee Talbot. Each bring their share of problems into Val's plans, himself equally tempted by these women though he succumbs to the charms of Lady. But the jealous Jabe is friends with Sheriff Talbot, who's also Vee's wife - things can't possibly end well for Val and Lady. The screenplay by Meade Roberts ... Written by pdlussier1

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Anna Magnani became furious when she found out that Marlon Brando was asking director Sidney Lumet for rehearsals and getting them, and insisting that scenes be re-shot until he was satisfied with them. See more »

Quotes

Lady Torrance: Are you a lady's man?
Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier: It's been said that a woman can burn a man down... I can burn a woman down.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 8 November 1959 (1959) See more »

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Blanket Roll Blues
Music by Kenyon Hopkins
Lyrics by Tennessee Williams
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Wordy, good-looking soaper for grown-ups
6 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Tennessee Williams and Meade Roberts co-adapted Williams' play "Orpheus Descending" about a reluctant stud drifting through backwater town, stirring up the passions of an Italian shopkeeper who's married to a cranky invalid. Eerie and fabulously atmospheric piece gives the women in particular (Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, Maureen Stapleton) great roles to play. Marlon Brando, well-cast as the guitar-strumming gadabout with the bedroom eyes, doesn't seem as fully involved, and his focus tends to wander. Overall, an intriguing soap opera for mature audiences, beautifully photographed by Boris Kaufman and nimbly directed by Sidney Lumet. *** from ****


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