A Hatful of Rain
|A Hatful of Rain|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Fred Zinnemann|
|Produced by||Buddy Adler|
|Written by||Michael V. Gazzo (play and screenplay)
Eva Marie Saint
|Music by||Bernard Herrmann|
|Editing by||Dorothy Spencer|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||109 minutes|
|Box office||$1.5 million (US)|
A Hatful of Rain is a 1957 dramatic film. The movie was a rarity for its time, in its frank depiction of the effects of morphine addiction. It is a medically and sociologically accurate account of the effects of morphine on an addict and his family.
It stars Eva Marie Saint, Don Murray, Anthony Franciosa, Lloyd Nolan, and Henry Silva. The movie was adapted by Michael V. Gazzo, Alfred Hayes, and Carl Foreman from the play by Gazzo. Foreman was blacklisted at the time of the film's release. The Writers Guild of America added his name to the film's credits in 1998, 14 years after his death. It was directed by Fred Zinnemann and features a strong musical score by Bernard Herrmann. Herrmann was asked by Fox to rescore his prelude for the film as the original was considered "too terrifying".
The setting is a housing project apartment in New York City near the Brooklyn Bridge. Johnny Pope (Don Murray) is a soldier who returns from WWII, where a stay in a military hospital has left him secretly addicted to morphine. His emotional distance (and his tendency to stay out all night) alienates him from the apartment's other residents: Johnny's pregnant wife Celia (Eva Marie Saint) and his brother Polo (Anthony Franciosa). Celia is convinced that Johnny is having an affair, but of course the truth is something quite different. Johnny and Polo's father, John Sr., arrives in town and stays with them in the small apartment, further complicating a tense situation and leading to a dynamic and dramatic climax.
- Don Murray as Johnny Pope
- Eva Marie Saint as Celia Pope
- Anthony Franciosa as Polo Pope
- Lloyd Nolan as John Pope, Sr.
- Henry Silva as Mother
- Gerald S. O'Loughlin as Chuch
- William Hickey as Apples; his was Hickey's film debut
- Paul Kruger as Bartender
- Ralph Montgomery as Spectator
- Michael Vale as Cab Driver
- Art Fleming as Mounted Cop
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p250
- "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30
- AJ Giannini (1982). Handbook of Overdose and Detoxification Emergencies. New Hyde Park, NY: Medical Examination Publishing Co., p.166. ISBN 0-87488-182-X