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A Cold Wind In August

4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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An older woman seduces an impressionable working-class boy who falls deeply in love with her. Disillusionment sets in when the boy discovers that she is a stripper and prostitute.

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  • Actors: Lola Albright, Scott Marlowe
  • Directors: Alexander Singer
  • Writers: Screenplay By Burton Wohl, From The Novel "A Cold Wind In August" By Burton Wohl
  • Producers: Phillip Hazelton
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RPQSXC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,608 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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(A COLD WIND IN AUGUST -1961- B+W, widescreen) - Filmed shortly after the cancellation of TV's popular and ground-breaking gangster noir-ish 'Peter Gunn', co-star Lola Albright ('Joy House', 'Lord Love a Duck', 'The Monolith Monster') shines as a stripper and former prostitute who seduces and ultimately falls for an impressionable working-class seventeen year-old boy who happens to be the building superintendent's son, who comes to fix her sink pipe and sticks around to check out the rest of her plumbing. They tumble hot and heavy for each other, acting out their romance in full public view, which was only mildly shocking to some back in those days (today, it's mandatory jail time and sexual predator status for the rest of your life along with a social pariah tag and unemployable character listing on your resume, but back then it was simply "robbing the cradle" and warranted mere gossip from the neighborhood jealous fat moms in housecoats and hair rollers - I ain't sayin' it's right, I'm just sayin'). Boy, we've come a long way, but I'm not certain I'd call it 'progress'. (When I was a kid, almost every boy in my school and on my block had a crush on an older woman somewhere - a teacher, a housewife, a friends mom, a department store saleswoman - but it wasn't considered 'criminal behavior' whether you were the subject or the subjectee. It's a double-standard, I know, because I think men who lust after young girls are creepy degenerates...). I'm certain this is the reason why this flick has never seen daylight before this limited MGM release.Read more ›
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I'd never heard of "A Cold Wind in August" until this release on DVD-R by MGM/UA Limited Edition and I followed film quite diligently in the mid-sixties. This one originally dates to 1960 and is the first directorial effort by Alexander Singer who would follow this with "Psyche 59" in 1964 and followed it with a real career killer, the cliche-ridden Lana Turner opus in 1965 "Love Has Many Faces" (great title!) wherein she played an aging jet setter who marries an aging beach boy (Cliff Robertson) and mixes with a number of aging beach boys and company (Hugh O'Brien, et al.) too over-the-hill to be believable even though Lana was never asked of that question. She just piled on the drama. The highlight of the film was when Turner is gored by a bull. The dialogue was equally laughable. But "Psyche 59" and especially "A Cold Wind in August" are rewarding. Lola Albright and Scott Marlowe make a good team even though the film looks somewhat drained of life, but their romance is quite winning in our sympathies even though most of us come to learn this type of thing, a mature woman with an underage boy generally doesn't work out. The fact that it does today in some cases makes a case for MGM/UA to release this film again to admirable results. "Psyche 59" had a ethereal quality about it. In this one, you can marvel at the electricity between the characters and be satisfied even though you can imagine what Hollywood would have done with the story today. It can be generally attributed to taste as the film could have very easily played up the exploitation angle and perhaps not gone equally unnoticed. Written by Burton Wohl based on his own novel and photographed by the great Floyd Crosby; music by Gerald Fried. Recommended.
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I love black & white movies and this was no different. I was caught up the story immediately! The guy looked a little older than the 17 years he was supposed to be but I believed his character. I loved the burlesque references & I was glued to the screen til the abrupt ending! The story itself made me a little uncomfortable considering how young the male character was but it was lots of fun to watch.
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This was pretty unexpected in terms of the depth and detail of the relationship between the teen boy and older woman. The description says she is a stripper and prostitute but I did not see any prostitution. She was trying to get out of the stripping scene but got pushed into a local show where her young man sees her act and flips. She is clearly damaged from her life experiences but wants a normal life. I had a hard time believing that the boy could so easily walk away from her at the end to go play stick ball. The rest was well done.
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An unforgettable performance by LOLA ALBRIGHT. The only other time that this gorgeous, talented actress was cast properly was as Edy in PETER GUNN. Oops! I forgot she was also superb as Tuesday Weld's mother in LORD LOVE A DUCK...OH! and JOY HOUSE...
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Great performance by Lola Albright as an older woman who falls for a teenage boy. Ahead of its time!
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