In the late 1950s, 28 states still prohibited inter-racial marriage.
The picture was banned in Memphis, Tennessee, and the KKK protested against its showing in Jacksonville, Florida.
The action occurred on the occasion of the 65th birthday of 'Big Daddy' Pollitt (Burl Ives reprising his stage role) - the patriarchal plantation head (who was secretly suffering from terminal cancer), when the greater Pollitt family gathered and inevitably quarrelled - greedily - over the granting of the expected inheritance. Brick commanded her to join him in the bedroom, and she thanked him: "Thank you for keepin' still, for backin' me up in my lie." Brick told her that they would make the lie come true: Platinum blonde sex starlet Mamie Van Doren was one of the leading sex symbols of the day, known as one of the three M's (the others were Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield).
Julian Fleury (Diana Wynward) that she needn't fear marrying and having a child with young British aristocrat Euan Templeton (Stephen Boyd), son of the island's governor Lord Templeton, because of her questionable ancestry. Fleury revealed to Jocelyn that Julian Fleury (Basil Sydney) wasn't her real father - Jocelyn was racially pure, due to a sexual indiscretion on Mrs. My husband isn't your father." They eventually married.
Grace Metalious' torrid, potboiling soap opera in her sensational novel was adapted and sanitized for the screen's film release. Love and sex-starved from Brick, she admired her father-in-law's lechery, believing that he found her sexually attractive: "I think it's mighty fine the way that ole fellow on the doorstep of death still takes in my shape with what I consider deserved appreciation."It was later revealed that Brick was mostly suffering from the suicidal death of his friend Skipper whom he loved - while Maggie had opposed Skipper ("I hated Skipper, because you loved him so much! [In the play, Maggie had allegedly seduced Skipper, an instance of heterosexual infidelity - to keep their relationship at bay - an important plot element missing in the film.
He refused to sleep with his wife, not because he was gay (the reason in the original play), but for other reasons. She helped bring a reconciliation between the dying man and his estranged son.
As a result, the film's references to sexuality were almost illogical and incomprehensible. Brick: Lately, that finishin' school voice of yours sounds like you was runnin' upstairs to tell somebody the house is on fire. Finding a new lease on life following the discussion with his father, Brick backed her up and confirmed that Maggie was going to bear his child.
It was set in a New England town and was considered extremely scandalous at its time -- with its interwoven stories of adultery, incestuous rape, repression, illegitimacy and abortion (or miscarriage), frigidity, suicide, skinny-dipping, mother-daughter conflict, and murder. What is, uh, the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof? Now, the story had been modified to suggest that Skipper had seduced Maggie.] After Maggie suggested that she cheated on Brick with his now-deceased best friend, Brick had since refused to sleep with her.
Lana Turner starred as neurotic, prudish, over-protective single mom Constance Mac Kenzie to sexually-curious teenaged daughter Allison Mac Kenzie (Diane Varsi). Infuriated by reminders of the truth [a homosexual relationship or "friendship" was heavily disguised in the film], Brick wished for her to not bring up the forbidden subject.
His twisted love for her was a combination of sibling affection, repressed incestual domination, possessive jealousy, and selfish need. Because I don't like that troubled look on your face."In a relationship that also hinted at a homosexual connection, Hunsecker had bargained with success-seeking, hustling, slick, unethical and smarmy, PR press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) to ruin their romance. To end the strong affection between Skipper and Brick [and to test her suspicions about an unnatural (homosexual) relationship between them], Maggie thought she could lead Skipper to sleep with her to arouse her husband's anger at his best friend [and to prove that her suspicions were untrue - that Skipper was indeed heterosexual.] Brick admitted that he felt responsibility for Skipper's despairing death because he had rejected his friend and ruthlessly hung up on his anguished call from the hotel room.
At one point, he told her:"You know, dear, we're drifting apart, you and I, and I don't like it. Sidney attempted to regain the displeased columnist's good graces after failing to break up Susie's romance, and received tacit approval to carry out his secretive, 'uncharitable' deed/scam and 'deliver' - for later rewards given in secret (rewards of publicity). The stereotypical, libelous accusations were that the bohemian musician, Steve Dallas, was both a marijuana smoker and a card-carrying Communist: The dreamy marijuana smoke of a lad who heads a high-brow jazz quintet is giving an inelegant odor to that elegant East Side club where he works. When Sidney saved her from throwing herself off the balcony, J. arrived home, and assumed the worst - that Falco had sexually assaulted his sister. At the half-opened front door, she announced that she was leaving for good: The Southern marital drama by director Richard Brooks Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) was a powerful, highly-charged, moving story of a neurotic, dysfunctional Southern family with its rivalries, tensions, and avarice. He projected onto Maggie his own guilt about Skipper's death.
And Terry Moore was featured as a red-dressed tramp Betty Anderson. Maggie kissed Brick on the mouth in front of Big Daddy, but Brick almost immediately wiped off his lips with the back of his hand.