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Season of Passion (1959)

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 16 December 1961 (USA)
Two Australian sugarcane cutters spend their annual five-month vacations in Sydney with their mistresses.

Director:

Leslie Norman

Writers:

John Dighton (screenplay), Ray Lawler (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ernest Borgnine ... Roo
Anne Baxter ... Olive
John Mills ... Barney
Angela Lansbury ... Pearl
Ethel Gabriel Ethel Gabriel ... Emma
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Dowd
Janette Craig Janette Craig ... Bubba
Deryck Barnes Deryck Barnes ... Bluey
Frank Wilson ... Vince
Al Garcia Al Garcia ... Dino
Jessica Noad Jessica Noad ... Nancy
Al Thomas Al Thomas ... Spriuker
Tom Lurich Tom Lurich ... The Atom Bomber
Dana Wilson Dana Wilson ... The Bomber's Daughter
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Two Australian sugarcane cutters spend their annual five-month vacations in Sydney with their mistresses.

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Plot Keywords:

sugarcane | friendship | australia | See All (3) »

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That was her great longing... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Season of Passion See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia

According to the book the "Australian Film & TV Companion" by Tony Harrison, "Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, and James Cagney were originally to have starred." See more »

Goofs

An obvious stunt double is thrown through the ropes at the wrestling match. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cane Cutter (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

There's A Goldmine on the Sky
Written by Charles Kenny and Nick Kenny
Sung around the piano on New Year's Eve
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Close but no cigar.
5 August 2015 | by john-1952See all my reviews

The single most obvious problem with this film is that you have to go so far down the credits before actually finding an Aussie. The four leads, the old lady, Bubba, even the boxing promoter are all foreign actors. I can vaguely picture a big dumb Yank as played by Mr Borgnine doing some work as a canecutter, but John Mills just doesn't look the part. I have watched him in so many movies and this is probably the first I have ever thought him miscast.

If you are from Sydney there is some great footage of Luna Park in its former glory, the old ferries, Central Station and so on. I believe the play is a mix of humour and drama but there is very little humour in this film. Anne Baxter is probably the best of the four leads, playing a rather desperate sweetheart. Vincent Ball's character is a little too smarmy and one is left wondering why anyone would find him appealing.

It would be very interesting to see a remake with Australian actors in it, although it's doubtful whether the era could be captured as well again. Watch the movie for the locations but don't expect too much from the performances.


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