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Thursday April 18th 2024

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof | 1958

An enjoyable film with a great cast, but very much a bowdlerised version of the stage play, and hated by author Tennessee Williams.

OK, confession time: in The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations book, I confidently stated that Big Daddy's mansion was the Coleman Mansion on Long Island. This was written when most research involved ploughing through contemporary press packs and on-set reports, before the internet made it so much easier to check facts, and is horribly wrong, as you can see if you look at the film.

The movie was made almost entirely in the MGM Studio in Culver City, Los Angeles, where the traditional white-pillared Antebellum mansion (exterior and all) was constructed on a soundstage.