Summer and Smoke

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Tennessee Williams' Broadway play Summer and Smoke expanded from his one-act piece Eccentricities of a Nightingale was brought to the screen by adaptors James Poe and Meade Roberts and director Peter Glenville. Geraldine Page repeats her stage role as minister's daughter Alma Winemiller, who lives a spinsterish existence in her WWI-era Mississippi home town. Though her hateful mother Una Merkel has nothing but nasty things to say about men, Alma carries a torch for her handsome next-door neighbor and lifelong ...
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Overview

Tennessee Williams' Broadway play Summer and Smoke expanded from his one-act piece Eccentricities of a Nightingale was brought to the screen by adaptors James Poe and Meade Roberts and director Peter Glenville. Geraldine Page repeats her stage role as minister's daughter Alma Winemiller, who lives a spinsterish existence in her WWI-era Mississippi home town. Though her hateful mother Una Merkel has nothing but nasty things to say about men, Alma carries a torch for her handsome next-door neighbor and lifelong friend, Dr. John Buchanan Laurence Harvey. The doctor prefers the companionship of Rosa Rita Moreno, a "wrong side of the tracks" girl who is as open and freewheeling as Alma is shy and repressed. Desperate for Buchanan's attention, Alma begins behaving with uncharacteristic affection towards him. He misreads her signals and attempts to seduce her. Already on the edge, Alma goes ballistic, literally running out of Buchanan's life. When the doctor throws an engagement party for himself and Rosa, the neurotic Alma tells Buchanan's father John McIntire that a wantonly immoral get-together is taking place in the doctor's home--an act of vengeance that has long-range tragic consequences. By film's end, the previously strait-laced Alma, unhinged by previous events, has become as misguidedly passionate as her spiritual sister, A Streetcar Named Desire's Blanche DuBois. Summer and Smoke earned Academy Award nominations for both Geraldine Page and Una Merkel; while Merkel would never win an Oscar, Ms. Page finally collected her statuette for 1985's A Trip to Bountiful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/2013
  • UPC: 887090069106
  • Original Release: 1961
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  • Source: Olive Films
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 31,217

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Harvey John Buchanan
Geraldine Page Alma Winemiller
John McIntire Dr. Buchanan
Una Merkel Mrs. Winemiller
Malcolm Atterbury Rev. Winemiller
Rita Moreno Rosa Zacharias
Thomas Gomez Papa Zacharias
Pamela Tiffin Nellie Ewell
Casey Adams Roger Doremus
Rico Alaniz Knife Thrower
Cheryl Anderson Alma as a Girl
Marjorie Bennett Saleslady
Maggie Blye Dusty
Pattee Chapman Cynthia
Pamela Duncan Pearl
Jester Hairston Thomas
Pepe Hern Nico
Earl Holliman Archie Kramer
Lee Patrick Mrs. Ewell
Elektra Rozanska Mrs. Anderson
Dick Ryan Dr. Hodges
Almira Sessions Woman
Harry Shannon Dr. Burke
Charles Watts Dignitary-Bandleader
Technical Credits
Peter Glenville Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Charles Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Warren Low Editor
Philip Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
D. Michael Moore Asst. Director
Paul Nathan Associate Producer
Hal Pereira Art Director
James Poe Screenwriter
Meade Roberts Screenwriter
Walter Tyler Art Director
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Wally Westmore Makeup
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