Movie House Memories

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Episode #70

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to theaters on September 20, 1958; grossing $17.6M worldwide. Richard Brooks directed the film which starred Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Movie Summary

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof begins with Brick Pollitt breaking his leg, late one night, while trying to run hurdles while drunk at the high school football stadium. The next day he wears a cast on that leg when he arrives at his father’s home in Mississippi. His father, Big Daddy, is a self-made cotton tycoon, and is due back from the doctor after a health scare. Big Daddy celebrates his birthday with excitement because he now has a clean bill of health, and expects to live much longer.

This somewhat disappoints Big Daddy’s older son, Gooper. He and his scheming wife lay the false southern charm on thick in an attempt to persuade Big Daddy to leave Gooper in charge of his vast estate. They and their obnoxious, no-neck children can do little more than to annoy Bid Daddy, however.

Meanwhile, it seems that Brick hasn’t given his pretty wife any of the good stuff in some time. His wife is Maggie, a poor but pretty girl who married into money and aims to keep it. She charms Big Daddy as well, who, if nothing else, appreciates her for being good looking. However, the bottle interests Brick a lot more than bootie. He spends all day drinking and refusing Maggie’s pleas for some southern lovin’.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to theaters on September 20, 1958; grossing $17.6M worldwide. Richard Brooks directed the film which starred Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives.

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  1. Just noticed Matt has picked 2 Tennessee Willams films so far. Are any of you fans of his other films? There were some good ones – Baby Doll, Fugitive Kind(Brando again), Sweet Bird of Youth(Newman again), This Property Is Condemned.

    1. I don’t know about the others in our group, but Baby Doll might be on my list. It’s a close one for top 100.

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