Cinema: Wholesome Williams

Period of Adjustment. In 1960, with the sly delight of a cannibal devouring a cookie, Shock Merchant Tennessee Williams shocked everyone by writing a play about normal people. Well, almost normal. His hero, though wholesomely heterosexual, is scared sick of sex. In the film the poor boy (Jim Hutton) gets crocked on his wedding night to give himself courage, bellows at his bride (Jane Fonda) like a bull ("Take yer clothes off or I'll rip 'em off!"), then passes out meekly on the nearest sofa.

Next day Jane and Jim arrive at the house of Jim's best friend (Tony Franciosa). "Don't worry,"...

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