Myrtle Kane and Jeb Thornton meet in the audience of a New Orleans based game show. On Myrtle's initiative, they are chosen as contestants on the show, on the host's assumption that they meet the required contestant profile: being a happy engaged couple. In order to win the special $3,500 cash prize from the show, they have to get married on the air, to which they both agree. The more exuberant Myrtle is the only surviving member of the Mobile Hot Shots, a five piece girls band from the city of the same name. She sees being married to Jeb just the next big adventure in her life. She does however truly begin to believe she loves him, or at least love the thought of being married. The outwardly more subdued Jeb wants to use his portion of the money to restore Waverley, his now run down family plantation located on the Mississippi River floodplain in Louisiana, to its former "Confederate" glory. He lives there reluctantly with his biracial half-brother Chicken, who he dislikes because.Written by
This is clearly lesser Tennessee Williams, and must be seen to be believed. Lynn Redgrave's character and James Coburn's character get married on a TV show (despite the fact that they barely know each other) and return to his family's derelict plantation. The only other occupant is his half-brother (Hooks). The action of the film involves Redgrave going back and forth between the two men while they flash back to scenes of their dissolute past. All the while, the river is threatening to overrun its banks. That's it. That's the film. I like Williams' major works as much as most people, though to be honest, I usually prefer the "cleaned up" Hollywood versions of his stories, not because of the sanitized plots but because of clarity. But lesser-known plays like "Seven Descents of Myrtle" (on which this film is based) and "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" (on which "Boom!" is based lack even the compelling elements of his more familiar dramas. When producers tried to cash in on Williams's good name by buying up everything he ever did, they ended up making puzzling junk like this.
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