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Hot Spell (1958)

Unrated | | Drama | June 1958 (USA)
A housewife is doing her best to keep her family together as it's slowly falling apart, a fact she's trying to ignore. Her cheating husband's birthday party is approaching and many lines will be crossed after that event.

Directors:

Daniel Mann, George Cukor (uncredited)

Writers:

Lonnie Coleman (novel), James Poe
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Cast

Cast overview:
Shirley Booth ... Alma Duval
Anthony Quinn ... John Henry Duval
Shirley MacLaine ... Virginia Duval
Earl Holliman ... John Henry 'Buddy' Duval Jr.
Eileen Heckart ... Alma's Friend
Clint Kimbrough Clint Kimbrough ... Billy Duval
Warren Stevens ... Wyatt Mitchell - Virginia's Boyfriend
Jody Lawrance ... Dora May
Harlan Warde ... Harry
Valerie Allen ... Ruby
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Storyline

A housewife is doing her best to keep her family together as it's slowly falling apart, a fact she's trying to ignore. Her cheating husband's birthday party is approaching and many lines will be crossed after that event.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Next of Kin See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Hal B. Wallis purchased the rights to Lonnie Coleman's unproduced play in June 1956. See more »

Goofs

When Jack comes home from work, he places his jacket on the stair post. Later when the stair post is shown, the jacket is gone. When Jack is ready to leave the house again, the jacket is back on the stair post, he grabs it and puts it on. See more »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #7.1 (2010) See more »

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Good drama
11 February 2000 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

A husband is struck by mid-life crisis, torn between his obligation to family and self. He decides there must be something more to life, seeks happiness with another woman. This is the basic plot, but there are meaningful little scenes that highlight conflicts. Ordinary people, ordinary fates. No fantasy. A family of five loners clinging to each other, friendless, desperately seeking warmth and affection outside the nest. Then there is the oppressive nostalgia for the radiant past that vanished. Things seemed more meaningful back then. The future has come and gone. One is desperate to make the most of the little time one has left. One knows it's "now or never". The difference between drama and melodrama is that drama deals with real issues in a serious manner. Every scene stands on its own two feet and is not just killing time for the final twist of the plot. The emphasis is on the how, not the what. A melodrama on the other hand, hinges on some unique revelation or twist of the plot. If you know the ending there is no point to watching the movie. Movies whose ending may not be given away are invariably lousy. "Hot Spell" is definitely not a melodrama.


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