The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond

Synopsis: Tells the story of Fisher Willow, the disliked 1920s Memphis débutante daughter of a plantation owner with a distaste for narrow-minded people and a penchant for shocking and insulting those around her. After returning from studies overseas, Fisher falls in love with Jimmy, the down-and-out son of an alcoholic father and an insane mother who works at a store on her family's plantation. She tries to pass him off as an upper-class suitor to appease the spinster aunt who controls her family's fortune, but when she loses a diamond, it places their tenuous relationship in further jeopardy.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jodie Markell
Production: Paladin
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

- Well, surely he's not

your only prospect, Fisher.

- Auntie Fisher

would never permit me

to be seriously involved

with anyone outside

her circle of acquaintances,

either direct

or by reputation,


I could have married

a titled Italian in Venice.

When I intimated

my infatuation with him,

Aunt Fisher cabled me,

"Come home at once. "

I started not to,

but, um...

practical considerations

seem to run in my blood

as well as...


I hope you've listened to me

and understood me.

- Oh, yes.

I had a scholarship

to Ole Miss.

- I know.

Now, drive us

up to the house.


Up here.

- Who's gonna measure me?

- I shall,

with your assistance.

Hold your arms out

for the tape.

Oh, take off

that sloppy old shirt.

Of course,

you're gonna need shirts,

evening shirts.

And, Jimmy, don't hold your arms

over your head

like this was a holdup.

Hold them straight out

to your sides like a cross.

Only don't suffer on it

so much.

- Fisher, there's one thing

I want you to know

about my old man.

He's a sincere,

honest person,

a stinker, yeah,

a real stinker,

but what he told you

about the local attitude

towards your father was meant-

it was meant good.

- Jimmy, will you please help me

measure your legs?

Hold the end of the tape

at the inside top

of your thigh while I-

- Yeah.

Were you listening to me,

Fisher, about my old man?

- Yes.

You said

that he was a stinker.

- Well,

I said he was a stinker,

but I said he was

a sincere, honest man.

Know what she done?

Measured me for clothes

to take her to Memphis parties.

- Garden pilgrims.

Garden pilgrims with dogs

not admitted.

No dogs can enter the gardens.

- Excuse me.

I am very sorry, madam,

but Miss Cornelia Fisher

cannot allow dogs

to enter her gardens,

because last fall,

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Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) was an American playwright. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, he is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama.After years of obscurity, at age 33 he became suddenly famous with the success of The Glass Menagerie (1944) in New York City. This play closely reflected his own unhappy family background. It was the first of a string of successes, including A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), and Sweet Bird of Youth (1959). With his later work, he attempted a new style that did not appeal to audiences. Increasing alcohol and drug dependence inhibited his creative expression. His drama A Streetcar Named Desire is often numbered on short lists of the finest American plays of the 20th century alongside Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.Much of Williams' most acclaimed work has been adapted for the cinema. He also wrote short stories, poetry, essays and a volume of memoirs. In 1979, four years before his death, Williams was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. more…

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