Maggie says that she'd like to give Big Daddy her birthday present: the announcement of her being pregnant. Big Daddy philosophizes about wealth and the pursuit of happiness. Brick and Maggie retire, where Brick finally promises to make good and schtoop Maggie. Paul Newman, the film's star, had also stated his disappointment with the adaptation. Intermittently, we hear the ear-piercing screams and singing of some of the most annoying children in all of literature.
Maggie asks Brick what the dying Skipper meant when he wondered why Brick, who was too sick too attend the game, had hung up the phone on him. As the family of a wealthy Southern patriarch Burl Ives learns that he is dying of cancer, lies and secrets surface that threaten to rip the family apart. Brick explains that he has not gotten the click in his head that makes him peaceful, and he attempts to flee his father. That is the distaste that the family feel for each other. Brick becomes overwrought with emotion and trashes the basement, breaking the expensive items that his father had bought over the years to demonstrate his wealth. In that same decade, and toured in a road company production as Big Daddy and Big Mama. Notice the moments when Brick will turn on the radio, refresh his drink, thereby raising a screen between him and the household.
Big Daddy then demands an explanation for Brick's excessive drinking and observes that the behavior began after Skipper's death. After the party, Maggie brings Brick some tea only to find him packing. How convenient that we are in a bedroom. Upon arrival back at the Pollitt plantation, Brick refuses to greet his father or come down for the party, and remains in his room, drinking. Cat may have been too controversial for the Academy voters; the film eventually didn't win any Oscars and the Best Picture award went to , another production, that year. Her brother- and sister-in-law don't believe her for a second, but Big Mama rejoices in the good news, and leaves to tell Big Daddy.
Big Mama says that she believes Big Daddy has left because he was just worn out, but was really very happy to see family. Despite this, the film was highly acclaimed and was nominated for several , including. It consists of black-eyed peas, onions, bacon, and a dash of salt. Brick retorts that his life would be a lie, but the greater untruth is Big Daddy's assumption of his own future. Moments later, Ida bursts in to the bedroom looking for Brick and demands to know if he is still drinking.
With the exception of Brick, the entire family lies to Big Daddy and Big Mama about his terminal cancer. She wants to know what is going on. Furious, Brick forbids Maggie to mention Skipper. Baugh then intervenes, asking to examine Brick's ankle. Big Mama runs to tell Big Daddy. They gather around Big Mama to deliver the truth about the health report.
The doctors have lied to Daddy and Mama, claiming that Daddy only suffers from a spastic colon, but tonight the truth will be revealed. As the last of the guests depart, Big Daddy soon grows annoyed with the party and his fickle family and ventures upstairs to speak with Brick, his favorite son. Daddy asks Brick why he wiped off her kiss. As the play opens, Big Daddy is returning home jubilant over what he has been told is the success of the medical treatment he has just completed. Skipper killed himself soon after, and Brick blamed Maggie for the tragedy. Though he first speaks of his father with hostility, Big Daddy begins to smile as he remembers the fun he had as a child. The rest of the family begins to crumble under pressure, with Big Mama stepping up as a strong figure.
His rejection doesn't matter because she doesn't accept it. Big Daddy has inoperable cancer and will likely be dead within a year, and the truth is being kept from him. But now Brick is dependent on her. Maggie murmurs she has realized her mistake: she should not have confessed to making love with Skipper. In reality, Big Daddy really has terminal colon cancer and will be dead within a few months.
They are planning on letting him know later that night, right after he blows out the candles. Most of Williams' exhilarating dialogue has been left out or emasculated, and the screenplay fails to harmonise the revised characterisation of Brick with the author's original conception. Sobbing, Mama flees jubilantly to tell Big Daddy. They and their obnoxious, no-neck children can do little more than to annoy Bid Daddy, however. Maggie then announces that her present to Big Daddy is the news that she is pregnant.