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The Long, Hot Summer

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Smouldering 50's drama with Paul Newman

Simmering ’50s sexual tension is brought off the boil by comedy soap operatics in this early Paul Newman showpiece.

Ole Smouldery Blue Eyes is Brando-esque bad-boy Ben Quick, who drifts into “the most nowhere place in the whole of Mississippi” to worm his way into the affections of Clara Varner (future Mrs Newman Joanne Woodward), uptight daughter of Orson Welles’ spluttering Boss Hogg-style southern-fried patriarch.

More Tennessee Williams than William Faulkner, whose short stories it’s based on, it’s a little stagey and forced, but the racy rat-a-tat script and cast chemistry more than compensate.

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