Hot Spell (film)
|Directed by||Daniel Mann|
|Music by||Alex North|
|Edited by||Warren Low|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||June 1958|
|Running time||86 min.|
Alma Duval is a Louisiana housewife planning a 45th birthday party for husband John Henry, known to all as Jack, who is carrying on with a much younger woman behind her back.
Jack picks an argument with eldest son Buddy, daring him to show some backbone, and takes the teenaged Billy out to play pool and drink beer, trying to make him become a man. No one even touches the birthday cake, which Alma and her neighbor Fan share the next day.
While her father dallies with Ruby, a 19-year-old girl, Virginia Duval becomes lovers for the first time with boyfriend Wyatt, a medical student, who then says he can't marry her because he needs to be with someone of greater position and wealth.
Alma holds onto a belief that if she can move the family back to her hometown, everything will be all right. But she slaps Jack after discovering his affair. He decides to leave her and move to Florida, but he and Ruby are promptly killed in a car crash. Alma ultimately returns to her hometown, only to realize there is no true happiness to be found there, either.
- Shirley Booth as Alma Duval
- Anthony Quinn as John Henry "Jack" Duval
- Shirley MacLaine as Virginia Duval
- Earl Holliman as John Henry "Buddy" Duval Jr.
- Eileen Heckart as Alma's friend Fan
In Pop Culture
During the 2010 film Valentine's Day, Edgar and Estelle Paddington, played by Shirley MacLaine and Héctor Elizondo reunite at a showing of Hot Spell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Edgar points to MacLaine on the screen and tells Jason Morris (played by Topher Grace), "that's my trifecta".