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Season of Passion (1959)

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 16 December 1961 (USA)
Two Australian sugarcane cutters spend their annual five-month vacations in Sydney with their mistresses.

Director:

Leslie Norman

Writers:

John Dighton (screenplay), Ray Lawler (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ernest Borgnine ... Roo
Anne Baxter ... Olive
John Mills ... Barney
Angela Lansbury ... Pearl
Ethel Gabriel Ethel Gabriel ... Emma
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Dowd
Janette Craig Janette Craig ... Bubba
Deryck Barnes Deryck Barnes ... Bluey
Frank Wilson ... Vince
Al Garcia Al Garcia ... Dino
Jessica Noad Jessica Noad ... Nancy
Al Thomas Al Thomas ... Spriuker
Tom Lurich Tom Lurich ... The Atom Bomber
Dana Wilson Dana Wilson ... The Bomber's Daughter
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Two Australian sugarcane cutters spend their annual five-month vacations in Sydney with their mistresses.

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Plot Keywords:

sugarcane | friendship | australia | See All (3) »

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She got everything she wanted out of love - except marriage! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Season of Passion See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia

According to the book the "Australian Film & TV Companion" by Tony Harrison, "Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, and James Cagney were originally to have starred." See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie when Angela Lansbury is leaving her room to go to the taxi, she picks up one suitcase but outside she is carrying two suitcases. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cane Cutter (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Good King Wenceslas
Music traditional and lyrics by John M. Neale and Thomas Helmore (uncredited)
Heard as background music
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A slice of Aussie life...compromised by non-Aussie leads
26 August 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Ray Lawler's play about two tempestuous sweetheart couples coping with the layoff season in Sydney, Australia comes to the screen without much humor and a misguided heart. Sugar cane cutters Ernest Borgnine and John Mills take Kewpie doll collector Anne Baxter and manicurist Angela Lansbury to South Australia to rest up and look for holiday work--but trouble brews with Borgnine, who has mysteriously left his job after fifteen years. Practically without plot, this character study has become, on film, a visual journey rather than an emotional or personable one. Paul Beeson's cinematography is certainly striking, even as the entangled relationships and mercurial tempers at the forefront of the story quickly wear themselves out. Forget about accents, these actors (interestingly, if unsuccessfully, cast) don't even look like Aussie natives. Borgnine's strong sense of character and natural way with a complicated chunk of dialogue nearly saves him, but it was a fundamental error to surround these stars with unknown players who really do sound like Australians. The lively section at the amusement park is full of raucous vitriol and Beeson's playful visual composition, but every scene back at the boarding house is a lost cause. A very strange project, indeed. ** from ****


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