A Hatful of Rain


Release Date 1957-07-17
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A Hatful of Rain

A Hatful of Rain is a 1957 dramatic film. The movie was a rarity for its time, in its frank depiction of the effects of morphine addiction. It is a medically and sociologically accurate account of the effects of morphine on an addict and his family. It stars Eva Marie Saint, Don Murray, Anthony Franciosa, Lloyd Nolan, and Henry Silva. The movie was adapted by Michael V. Gazzo, Alfred Hayes, and Carl Foreman from the play by Gazzo. Foreman was blacklisted at the time of the film's release. The Writers Guild of America added his name to the film's credits in 1998, 14 years after his death. It was directed by Fred Zinnemann and features a strong musical score by Bernard Herrmann. Herrmann was asked by Fox to rescore his prelude for the film as the original was considered "too terrifying". Franciosa was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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Actors & Characters

Eva Marie Saint Eva Marie Saint
Lloyd Nolan Lloyd Nolan
Anthony Franciosa Anthony Franciosa Polo Polo
Don Murray Don Murray
Henry Silva Henry Silva


Joseph MacDonald Cinematography
Fred Zinnemann Director
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Bernard Herrmann Music
E. Maurice Adler Producer
Alfred Hayes Writer
Carl Foreman Writer
Michael V. Gazzo Writer
Alfred Hayes Writer