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Cold Wind in August (26-Jul-1961)

Director: Alexander Singer

Writer: Burton Wohl

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lola Albright
20-Jul-1925 23-Mar-2017 Lord Love a Duck
Herschel Bernardi
20-Oct-1923 9-May-1986 Voiced Charlie the Tuna, Jolly Green Giant
Charlie Brill
13-Jan-1938   Capt. Lipschitz on Silk Stalkings


Review by anonymous (posted on 21-Jun-2005)

It's been a long time, but I remember this as a very interesting movie. Black and white and obviously low budget, but with emotional truth, grittily realistic dialogue,and some terrific acting, notably from Lola Albright, who gives an outstanding performance as a sophisticated stripper who develops a crush on a neighborhood youth. Evidently never made it to video, let alone DVD, but I would love to get a copy. Definitely worth looking at, and the book it was based on, of the same title, by Burton Wohl, isn't bad either.

Review by anonymous (posted on 5-May-2006)

This is an excellent little-known work featuring an absolutely top-notch performance by Lola Albright. Quite risque for its time and full of world-weary angst and pathos. I have been trying to obtain a copy for my collection for some years but if a video/DVD ever existed it appears to be out of print. Lola Albright apparently had a subsequent successful TV career, I believe in the "Peter Gunn" series (which I've never seen) I have wondered whether either she or her agent/employers may have discreetly suppressed this film because of its sleazy connotations: they shouldn't worry if this is the case as her performance would be considered Oscar-nominee stuff by today's standards.

Review by Damon (posted on 18-Jun-2005)

This is a special movie, mainly because it is such a great snapshot of the time period (late 50's?) and has this wonderfully sleazy story in the tradition of Sunset Blvd or The Postman Always Rings Twice. It is a dirty little story about a stripper who moves into an apartment building managed by a single man and his only son. The stripper ends up seducing the teenage son, and this plot makes for some real electricity! Mix that in with a great scene where the son sneaks into the burlesque show to see the stripper, and we're off and running!

Speaks to the "morals" of the time period. You will find yourself being very voyeuristic as you watch this sexy little story. Like great artists whose works are finally appreciated after their death, this film could be resurrected to be a great classic, but almost nobody knows this film!

If you see it, tell me your thoughts.

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