20th Century Fox released The Long, Hot Summer on March 13, 1958. Martin Ritt directed the film starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa.
‘The Long, Hot Summer’ 30-Second Summary
When a man named Ben Quick arrives in the small Mississippi town of Frenchman’s Bend, his reputation precedes him. Rumor has it that Quick is a notorious barn burner, but he quickly ingratiates himself to the town’s wealthiest man, Will Varner anyway because Will sees a younger version of himself in Ben. At 61 years old, Will is in poor health and while he’s the richest man in town, his family is a disappointment to him because his only son, Jody and only daughter, Clara have not given him any grandsons to keep his proud bloodline going. To make matters worse, Clara is on the verge of being an old maid at the ripe old age of 23 when her dandy beau of 6 years refuses to ask for her hand in marriage and stay closely by his mother’s side. Will eventually makes a deal with Ben to marry Clara in exchange for making Ben a rich man. The only problem, Clara hates Ben’s guts. Jody hates him even more, and that’s going to cause a lot of issues the next time a barn goes up in flames.
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