Directed by Richard Brooks, Wealthy plantation owner Pollitt, celebrating his 65th birthday, is visited by his sons, Brick and Gooper. Seemingly perfect son Gooper and his wife, Mae, have several children and are anxiously expecting to inherit Daddy’s millions. By contrast, Big Daddy’s “favorite,” Brick, is a has-been football star who’s taken to drinking his days away since the suicide of his “best friend” a year earlier. He resents his wife, Maggie, because he believes that she had an affair with his deceased friend. Since Brick and Maggie have failed to produce any grandchildren, Big Daddy is inclined to leave his estate to Gooper, What will Maggie do?
(Filming starts on March 12, 1958, and by March 19, Taylor had contracted a virus which kept her off the set. On March 21, she canceled plans to fly with her husband Mike Todd to New York City, The plane crashed, and all passengers were killed. Taylor remained off the film until April 14, 1958, at which time she returned to the set in a much thinner and weaker condition).