New Orleans was the site of many of Lillian Hellman's works. In this, she again scratches the underbelly of the Crescent City and comes up with a spiteful slash at chicanery in the Deep South. Basing the script on her l960 Broadway play, Hellman spins the yarn of lazy Martin, who goes
back to New Orleans with his child-bride, Mimieux, and is welcomed with open arms by his unmarried sisters, Hiller and Page. They live in genteel poverty and hope that Martin will help them. He tells his siblings that his once-prosperous shoe factory in Illinois has gone bankrupt but he managed to
save money and he proves it by giving them both some expensive trinkets, as well as purc...