The Long, Hot Summer

The Long, Hot Summer Information

The Long, Hot Summer is an American drama series that was broadcast on ABC-TV for one season from 1965-1966. Created by Dean Riesner, The Long, Hot Summer was based on the novel The Hamlet by William Faulkner, the short story "Barn Burning", and the 1958 film of the same name.


The series was set in the Deep South community of Frenchman's Bend, Mississippi. The community was dominated by the town's powerful and deceitful bank owner "Boss" Will Varner (Edmond O'Brien). Problem arise when Ben Quick (Roy Thinnes) returns to town to reclaim his father's farm and challenges Varner's absolute authority. Supporting characters include Clara and Jody Varner, Will's son and daughter; Minnie Littlejohn, the town's hotel owner and mistress of Will Varner; and Eula Harker, a farm girl who becomes a central point in Jody Varner's life. In January 1966, series star Edmond O'Brien left the series after a disagreement with the producers and was replaced by Dan O'Herlihy. O'Herlihy played the role of Will Varner for the rest of the series' run.

The Long Hot Summer was scheduled on Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST opposite CBS' Thursday night movie and NBC's long-running variety series The Dean Martin Show. The series was canceled after twenty-six episodes with the last original episode airing on April 13, 1966.

Main cast

  • Edmond O'Brien as "Boss" Will Varner (1965-January 1966)
  • Dan O'Herlihy as "Boss" Will Varner (January 1966-April 1966)
  • Roy Thinnes as Ben Quick
  • Nancy Malone as Clara Varner
  • Paul Geary as Jody Varner
  • Ruth Roman as Minnie Littlejohn
  • Lana Wood as Eula Harker


  • Paul Bryar as Sheriff Harve Anders
  • Harold Gould as Bowman Chamberlain
  • Warren J. Kemmerling as Lucas Taney
  • Charles Lampkin as Andrew
  • William Mims as Sam Ruddabaw
  • Tisha Sterling as Susan Beauchamp
  • Jason Wingreen as Dr. Aaron Clark


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "The Homecoming" September 16, 1965
1-2 "A Time for Living" September 23, 1965
1-3 "A Stranger to the House" September 30, 1965
1-4 "The Twisted Image (Part 1)" October 7, 1965
1-5 "The Twisted Image (Part 2)" October 14, 1965
1-6 "Home Is a Nameless Place" October 21, 1965
1-7 "No Hiding Place" October 28, 1965
1-8 "Run, Hero, Run" November 4, 1965
1-9 "The Desperate Innocent" November 11, 1965
1-10 "Bitter Harvest" November 18, 1965
1-11 "Hunter to the Wind" December 2, 1965
1-12 "Nor Hell a Fury" December 9, 1965
1-13 "The Return of the Quicks" December 16, 1965
1-14 "Track the Man Down" December 30, 1965
1-15 "Face of Fear" January 6, 1966
1-16 "Evil Angel" January 13, 1966
1-17 "Day of Thunder" January 19, 1966
1-18 "The Warning" January 26, 1966
1-19 "The Intruders" February 2, 1966
1-20 "From This Day Forward" February 9, 1966
1-21 "A Time to Die" February 16, 1966
1-22 "Reunion"?Italian Style" February 23, 1966
1-23 "Blaze of Glory" March 2, 1966
1-24 "Crisis" March 9, 1966
1-25 "Carlotta, Come Home" March 30, 1966
1-26 "Man with Two Faces" April 13, 1966

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