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Summer and Smoke (1961)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | April 1962 (Austria)
Plain, repressed spinster falls for a dashing young medical student, but he prefers the wilder life, until it's too late.

Director:

Peter Glenville

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (play), James Poe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurence Harvey ... John Buchanan, Jr
Geraldine Page ... Alma Winemiller
Rita Moreno ... Rosa Zacharias
Una Merkel ... Mrs. Winemiller
John McIntire ... Dr. Buchanan
Thomas Gomez ... Papa Zacharias
Pamela Tiffin ... Nellie Ewell
Malcolm Atterbury ... Rev. Winemiller
Lee Patrick ... Mrs. Ewell
Max Showalter ... Roger Doremus (as Casey Adams)
Earl Holliman ... Archie Kramer
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Storyline

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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In the heat of summer... the smoke of desire... See more »

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1962 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Verano y humo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Features Una Merkel's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Quotes

John Buchanan, Jr: At the moment, I'm a doctor on leave. On leave from ice packs, quinine and bedpans.
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Glenville Magic
16 August 2004 | by charles-popeSee 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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