Hot Spell

  • 1958
  • 1 HR 27 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

Heavy Deep South drama that feels as though it was conceived by Tennessee Williams but written by someone else. We're in New Orleans, and the weather outside is frightful: hot, muggy, the kind of climate that sends tempers soaring. Booth is a housewife in a loveless marriage with Quinn. His birthday is coming up, and she hopes to reawaken the love they...read more

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Heavy Deep South drama that feels as though it was conceived by Tennessee Williams but written by someone else. We're in New Orleans, and the weather outside is frightful: hot, muggy, the kind of climate that sends tempers soaring. Booth is a housewife in a loveless marriage with Quinn. His

birthday is coming up, and she hopes to reawaken the love they knew years before by buying three birthday gifts for Quinn and giving them to their three children to give to him--anything to put the enraged Quinn in a better mood. She knows that he's been having an affair with Allen, but she's

overlooking that. At the party an argument erupts with Holliman, the oldest son, who works for Quinn at his employment agency, because Holliman wants to leave the business and open his own agency. All of this causes youngest son Kimbrough to leave the dinner table. Now Quinn discovers daughter

MacLaine mushing it up on the porch with her fella, Stevens. Quinn doesn't like anyone taking liberties with his only daughter, so he point-blank asks if Stevens intends to marry MacLaine. Later, Quinn takes Kimbrough to the local pool room in an attempt to get closer to the boy. He tries to

explain to him that a grown man must be true to himself, besides being a father and a husband, and that life is short and one must take things as they come. Kimbrough doesn't understand a word of what Quinn is saying until he sees his father drive off with Allen under the guise of having to "see

someone on business." At the Quinn house, MacLaine is despondent because Stevens has admitted he has no plans to marry her. Booth thinks she could get her marriage back together if she and Quinn left New Orleans and returned to their beginnings in New Paris, a small town where they met, married,

and had so many happy years together. Quinn can no longer tolerate Booth's nagging and he leaves for Florida with Allen. On the road, both are killed in an auto accident, and Booth returns Quinn's body to the little town of their childhood where she begins to understand that she cannot change the

past and that it's time to live in the present. The acting techniques seen in HOT SPELL were fascinating to note. Booth came from the stage, MacLaine was in the process of still learning how to make movies, and Quinn had been a child of motion pictures from the start. The mixed styles just didn't

blend and the result was an oppressive, sometimes dull, film that never found its way.

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