Cast: Cameron David; Clift Montgomery; Dekker Albert; Fisher Eddie; Merlo Frank; Raymond Gary; Vidal Gore; Wilson Ian; Britneva Maria; Hepburn Katharine; Marmont Patricia; McCambridge Mercedes; Robbins Sheila; Shaw Beatrice; Stark Florence; Taylor Elizabeth; Villiers Mavis; Webb Rita; Woolley Roberta; Young Joan; Spiegel Sam; Williams Tennessee; Hildyard Jack; Arnold Malcolm; Orr Buxton; Messel Oliver; Mankiewicz Joseph L.; Hornbeck William; Stanford Thomas; Schreyeck Elaine
Taglines: TENNESSEE WILLIAMS shocks you again as he transports you to a STRANGE, NEW BOLD WORLD!
Suddenly, last summer, Cathy knew she was being used for something evil!
These are powers and passions without precedent in motion pictures!
Storyline: A wealthy harridan, Violet Venable, attempts to bribe Dr. Cukrowicz, a young psycho-surgeon from a New Orleans mental hospital that is desperately in need of funds, into lobotomizing her niece, Catherine Holly. Violet wants the operation performed in order to prevent Catherine from defiling the memory of her son, the poet Sebastian. Catherine has been babbling obscenely about Sebastian’s mysterious death that she witnessed while on holiday together in Spain the previous summer.
In 1937 New Orleans, Dr. John Cukrowicz, working at the state run Lion’s View Mental Institution, is experimenting with a radical new treatment for hopeless cases of lunacy: lobotomy. Lion’s View is woefully underfunded, but a supposed savior comes forth in the form of the wealthy and aging widowed Mrs. Violet Venable, the Venable name an institution in and of itself in New Orleans. Mrs. Venable had an extremely close bond with her poet son Sebastian, who she vacationed with every year, but who died the previous summer while on a European vacation with Mrs. Venable’s pretty niece by marriage, Catherine Holly. Mrs. Venable’s $1 million donation to Lion’s View is seemingly predicated on Dr. Cukrowicz institutionalizing and lobotomizing Catherine, who Mrs. Venable states is mentally deranged. Catherine, in meeting with Dr. Cukrowicz, states that she is not deranged but that something is disturbing her from her vacation last summer with Sebastian. Catherine does not remember the specific incident which is causing her this grief. With pressure from Mrs. Venable (which is equally directed at Catherine’s mother in the form of $100,000 to sign Catherine’s commitment papers), Dr. Cukrowicz has to decide to go forward with the operation against the vehement denials of lunacy by Catherine, or wait to try and find out exactly what happened last summer between Catherine and Sebastian.