Disowned Adaptation: Tennessee Williams was very disappointed with the film because censorship removed almost all of the homosexual themes. Paul Newman, acting as Brick, also felt disappointed with the end result, despite the fact the film was received well. He even told people not to see the film, saying that it would "set the industry back fifty years".
This film was originally to be filmed in black and white, as was the standard practice with "artistic" films in the 1950s. (Virtually all film adaptations of the plays of Tennessee Williams had been in B&W up to that time.) However, once Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor were cast in the leads, director Richard Brooks insisted on shooting in color, in deference to the public's well known enthusiasm for Taylor's violet and Newman's strikingly blue eyes.
George Cukor turned down MGM's offer to direct the film because the references to Brick's homosexuality had been removed.