The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

Starring: PN, Joanne Woodward, Orson Welles, Anthony Franciosa, Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury

Directed by: Martin Ritt

Summary: PN is Ben Quick an infamous drifter with a reputation of burning down barns for revenge. When Quick drifts into a small Mississippi town, he goes to work for Big Daddy Varner (Orson Welles) and meets his frustrated daughter Clara (JW) and weak willed son Jody (Anthony Franciosa). Jody is married to Eula (Lee Remick) and Clara wonders why she can't get anywhere with her shy mama's boy boyfriend Alan (Richard Anderson). Clara is attracted to Quick, but hates herself for it. Angela Lansbury is on hand as Minnie, Big Daddy's long time mistress who finally convinces him to make an honest woman out of her. Big Daddy decides Quick is his kind of man, and plans to get him into his family any way he can. Based on parts of two short stories and one novel by William Faulkner (Barn Burning, The Spotted Horses, and The Hamlet).

Quote: "Hey. I never move and work in the same day."

The Newman Factor/Rating: 9 and 8.

Trivia: This was the first of 11 films that Newman and Woodward would make together. It's also the start of the Newman and Martin Ritt collaboration. PN spent 3 days in Clinton, Mississippi in order to research the speech patterns and mannerisms.
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