A Hatful of Rain

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Based on the play by Michael V. Gazzo, this screen drama focuses on Johnny Pope (Don Murray), a Korean War vet with a severe morphine habit. Though Johnny tries to keep his addiction a secret from his pregnant wife, Celia (Eva Marie Saint), and his brother, Polo (Anthony Franciosa), his deception becomes difficult to maintain, especially in the confines of their small apartment. When Johnny and Polo's estranged father turns up, the stage is set for plenty of family conflict.

Cast & Crew

Don Murray
Johnny Pope
Lloyd Nolan
John Pope Sr.
Alfred Hayes
Screenwriter
Carl Foreman
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Bernard Herrmann
Original Music
Joseph MacDonald
Cinematographer
Dorothy Spencer
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Leland Fuller
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Lyle R. Wheeler
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Critic Reviews for A Hatful of Rain

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  • Certain choice themes from Death of a Salesman and The Rack echo throughout with rueful opportunism, only to join a mainstream of equally familiar basic preoccupations.

    March 31, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Anthony Franciosa received Oscar nomination for Zinnemman's realistic drama about drug addiction, which was still a taboo issue in Hollywood of the 1950s.

    June 3, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Hatful of Rain

  • Mar 24, 2015
    "A Hatful of Rain" starts with John Pope(Lloyd Nolan) paying a visit to his son Johnny(Don Murray) and pregnant daughter-in-law Celia(Eva Marie Saint) in New York City. However, this is not a purely social call, as he is inquiring about the $2,500 that his other son Polo(Anthony Franciosa), a bouncer, promised him that he needs for a nightclub he is planning on opening back in Florida. But Polo no longer has the money. And neither does Johnny what with his being in debt to a shady customer like Mother(Henry Silva) and just recently being secretly unemployed. To its credit, "A Hatful of Rain" seeks to be an early serious look at drug addiction, while also being very much ahead of the curve in dramatizing the life of a soldier who came back from the war an addict. And as much as the movie makes great use of location shooting on the Lower East Side, it ends up clashing with the story's stage roots, very much in evidence. At the same time, "A Hatful of Rain" suffers from a clear lack of focus. That is quite a dubious achievement when you notice that there are only four principal characters in the movie and it's supposed to be about Johnny's addiction. Instead there are tons of daddy issues...which are Polo's. That's not to mention a rather shaky love triangle going on at the same time.
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  • Oct 08, 2013
    Don't understand why there isn't more love for this. I thought it was a good groundbreaking film on the topic of addiction right up there with the Lost Weekend. I'm not as familiar with most of these actors but their internal struggles are brought to the screen with great vigor.
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