Hot Spell (film)

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Hot Spell
Directed by Daniel Mann
Starring Shirley Booth
Anthony Quinn
Shirley MacLaine
Music by Alex North
Cinematography Loyal Griggs
Edited by Warren Low
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
June 1958
Running time
86 min.
Country United States
Language English

Hot Spell (1958) is a drama film directed by Daniel Mann, starring Shirley Booth and Anthony Quinn, and released by Paramount Pictures.[1]


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.


In Pop Culture[edit]

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".


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