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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

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Elizabeth Taylor in a white slip is the whole show in this brilliant adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play which was neutralised in terms of its homosexual content. The great drama centres on a family patriarch (Burl Ives) supposedly on the verge of death and the question of his will. Excellent cast includes Paul Newman, about to become a major star, Judith Anderson as Big Mama and Jack Carson playing the venal brother. Taylor demonstrates exactly what a star performance is here, being both luminous and earthy in material well handled by writer/director Richard Brooks, who had to persuade the studio to shoot in colour.

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