The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.


Elizabeth Taylor Catherine Holly
Katharine Hepburn Violet Venable
Montgomery Clift Dr. Cukrowicz
Albert Dekker Lawrence Hockstader
Mercedes McCambridge Grace Holly
Gary Raymond George Holly
Mavis Villiers Miss Foxhill
Patricia Marmont Nurse Benson
Joan Young Sister Felicity
Maria Britneva Lucy
Sheila Robbins Dr. Hockstader’s Secretary
Julián Ugarte Sebastian Venable
Eddie Fisher Street Urchin
David Cameron Young Blonde Intern
Beatrice Shaw Elderly Lady
Frank Merlo Audience Member at Operation
Gore Vidal Audience Member at Operation
Sheila Raynor Mother of Young Patient
Sandra White Young Patient
Rita Webb Asylum Patient
Ian Wilson Patient
Florence Stark Patient
Brenda Dunrich Nurse
Roberta Woolley
Grace Denbigh Russell Asylum Patient (uncredited)


Screenplay Tennessee Williams
Theatre Play Tennessee Williams
Producer Sam Spiegel
Editorial Services John Jympson
Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Screenplay Gore Vidal
Costume Design Jean Louis
Original Music Composer Malcolm Arnold
Director of Photography Jack Hildyard
Sound John Cox
Sound Recordist Buster Ambler
Editor William Hornbeck
Editorial Consultant William Hornbeck
Sound Editor Peter Thornton
Draughtsman Martin Atkinson
Editor Thomas Stanford
Camera Operator Gerry Fisher
Settings Francisco Prósper
Draughtsman Jack Shampan
Assistant Editor John Crome
Production Design Oliver Messel
Costume Design Oliver Messel
Art Direction William Kellner
Original Music Composer Buxton Orr
Conductor Buxton Orr

Country: United States of America
Studio & Production Companies: Academy Pictures Corporation Horizon Pictures
Runtime: 114 minutes
Release Date: 1959-12-22