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The Long Hot Summer

The Long Hot Summer

Long Hot Summer is a drama that aired on ABC in 1965/66. It was set in the small Mississippi town of Frenchman's Bend, dominated by Will Varner, who owned the town's bank and effectively ran the town, and young Ben Quick, who had returned after 13 years to reclaim his father's farm and challenge Varner's absolute authority. Ben's father had been 'destroyed' by Varner and Ben had returned to take up the fight again. To complicate things Ben, and Varner's strong willed daughter Clara, become attracted to each other. Other characters include Jody Varner, Will's son, honest but with a weak personality. Minnie Littlejohn who runs the town's hotel, and was the mistress of Will Varner. Eula Harker, a farm girl, picked up one night in the rain by Jody, who became a leading character in his life and that of the town. The series was hampered by the fact that its star, Edmond O'Brien, quit his role as Will Varner a little over halfway through the series' run and was replaced by Dan O'Herlihy. Roy Thinnes, Nancy Malone, and Ruth Roman co-starred in the series.

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Episode Info

Final: 1x26 -- Man with Two Faces (Apr/13/1966)

Edmond O'Brien
As Will Varner (episodes 1-14)
Dan O'Herlihy
As Will Varner (episodes 15-26)
Roy Thinnes
As Ben Quick
Nancy Malone
As Clara Varner
Lana Wood
As Eula Harker
Ruth Roman
As Minnie Littlejohn
John Kerr (1)
As Duane Galloway
Paul Geary
As Jody Varner


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Lana Wood Appearing at Maryland Nostalgia ConRating: 0 likes, 1 dislikes

Lana Wood, who played a young Eula Harker in The Long, Hot Summer TV show, is scheduled to appear at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, Sept. 18-20, in Hunt Valley, Md., at the Hunt Valley Wyndham Hotel. Also scheduled to appear are Piper Laurie, Veronica Cartwright, Angela Cartwright, Lee Meredith, George Lazenby, and more. More information is at http://midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com. Read more

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Creator: Dean Riesner
Executive Producer: Frank Glicksman
Associate Producer: Al C. Ward
Music Supervisor: Lionel Newman
Based On The Works Of: William Faulkner

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Warning: The Long Hot Summer guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 16, 1965
Ended: July 13, 1966
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