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A Cold Wind in August (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 1 May 1961 (Sweden)
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.


Alexander Singer


John Hayes (screen treatment), Burton Wohl (novel) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Lola Albright ... Iris Hartford
Scott Marlowe ... Vito Pellegrino
Joe De Santis ... Papa Pellegrino (as Joe DeSantis)
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Harry (as Clark Gordon)
Janet Brandt Janet Brandt ... Shirley
Skip Young ... Al
Ann Atmar Ann Atmar ... Carol
Jana Taylor Jana Taylor ... Alice
Dee Gee Green ... Mary
Charlie Brill ... (as Charles Brill)
Herschel Bernardi ... Juley Franz
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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.

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IF YOU CARE ABOUT LOVE, YOU'LL TALK ABOUT...a teen-age boy and a woman who is all allure, all tenderness...all tragedy. See more »




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1 May 1961 (Sweden) See more »

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Elokuun kylmä tuuli See more »

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Troy Productions See more »
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Lola Albright and co--star Herschel Bernardi had previously supported Craig Stevens in Blake Edwards' PETER GUNN, which often featured the sultry Albright coolly singing jazz standards. See more »

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Ahead Of Its Time - Perhaps Even Shocking For Its Time
23 September 2010 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

This isn't a movie loaded with big name stars, although Lola Albright and Scott Marlowe both had busy enough careers, but it has a pretty good story to get your interest, and Albright and Marlowe are both pretty good in their roles. This is an "older woman romances younger guy" story. Albright's Iris is a lonely 30-something woman who happens to work as a stripper at a burlesque club. Marlowe's Vito is the 17 year old son of her building's superintendent who enters her apartment one day to fix her air conditioner, after which sparks fly between the two.

The sparks are well portrayed. Albright was excellent and quite captivating as the sultry, sexy seductress who sets her sights on Vito. I doubt any normal 17 year old guy could have resisted her. Marlowe was marginally less convincing as Vito, but still good enough. The evolution of their relationship from what seems to be a mere fling to a full blown love affair is believable (although it seems perhaps a bit abridged) as is Vito's angst when he finds out that his new love is a stripper, and as is Iris's pain when Vito dumps her afterward. The burlesque scenes were - in the context of 1961 anyway - fairly graphic (although tame by today's standards) and the whole movie had an overtly erotic feel to it from beginning to end.

It's a bit grainy at times, and it has the feel of its era, but in subject matter it's ahead of its time and was probably shocking to many when it came out. It's a very enjoyable and interesting movie to watch.

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