Archive: Summer and Smoke (1961)

Adapted from Tennessee Williams’ play, the movie Summer and Smoke is a character study of a woman who is psychologically and sexually repressed. This keeps her from a romantic relationship she desires. Geraldine Page won an Academy award for her performance.

Summer and Smoke: Elia Kazan’s Letter to Tennessee Williams

Opportunities are everywhere; one has to be alert to seize them. Recently, I vacationed in California with a dear friend, Jane, who lives in Texas. During one of our conversations, our movie group came up, and I mentioned that Summer and Smoke (1961) was our first movie for the fall.

Jane promptly replied with information about her friend’s daughter who is married to Albert Devlin, a Tennessee Williams scholar credited with editing two books of the famous playwright’s letters.

Albert Devlin, PhD
Albert Devlin, Prof Emeritus, U. of Missouri

When presented with this connection, I was intrigued to learn that Jane’s book club had traveled to New Orleans for the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival and, while there, enjoyed a dinner with Al Devlin. My curiosity was piqued to learn more.
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