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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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Details

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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Dysfunctional Delight
15 July 2017 | by bjon1452See all my reviews

"Hot Spell" is probably Shirley Booth's next to her greatest film, the greatest being "Come Back, Little Sheba. Synopses put aside, the A- List cast shines, along with the story line. It takes you directly to, and into, a dysfunctional family, the Matriarch who desperately tries to keep everything "just fine," the Patriarch who's going through a midlife crisis and "plays around, and the three children with young adult and teen angst the latter defining their personae. Each scene intertwines with the other and tightens up the script marvelously. It's all realistic, poignant and in wonderfully good order. The whole thing actually seems to put you right there as if you were part of the family. You feel their pain. Ironically, Jack Duval's character, played by Anthony Quinn, is both abhorrent and also worthy of compassion at the same time Earl Holliman's, Shirley MacLaine's and Clint Kimbrough's characters are definitely direct descendants of both of their parents. Very believable. The scene with Booth and Eileen Heckart gives just the right and timely comic relief to give the viewer a break before the next dose of drama. There's enough conflict to go around and it keeps you interested. I'd recommend this film to anyone who appreciates serious drama, either on the stage or on the screen. It's too bad it's not being distributed for movie buffs-yet. It's been hibernating for way too long.


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