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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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Why do some women turn a beautiful thing into something no better than the mating of beasts? See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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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Trivia

Film debut of Pamela Tiffin. 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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Referenced in Mission: Impossible: The Mind of Stefan Miklos (1969) See more »

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Tennessee Williams universe
21 November 2016 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

nothing new . at the first sigh. the atmosphere, the final fall, the love as ambiguous desire, the ordinary too late for the essential gesture. at the second sigh, a revelation. because Geraldine Page and Laurence Harvey are the perfect interpreters of a story who represents a fascinating game of nuances. a love story in the Williams style who conquest new nuances in the performances of the lead actors.Alma by Geraldine Page is fragile and tender and the perfect victim of her feelings, family and illusions. she is one of many victims from the Williams plays but the great familiarity with the role on the stage imposes the right tone for each gesture and word and decision. the transformation , the profound change of Alma is more than dramatic. it becomes the fall who remands so many from every day stories . and this could be the detail for impress.


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