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Director:
Writers:
Charles R. Jackson (from the novel by)
Charles Brackett (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
16 November 1945 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
How daring can the screen dare to be? No adult man or woman can risk missing the startling frankness of The Lost Weekend! See more »
Plot:
The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four day drinking bout. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
more than just a simple "message" movie, Wilder tries to make addiction as human a crisis as possible See more (127 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ray Milland ... Don Birnam

Jane Wyman ... Helen St. James
Phillip Terry ... Wick Birnam
Howard Da Silva ... Nat

Doris Dowling ... Gloria

Frank Faylen ... 'Bim' Nolan
Mary Young ... Mrs. Deveridge
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Mrs. Foley (as Anita Bolster)
Lilian Fontaine ... Mrs. St. James
Frank Orth ... Opera Cloak Room Attendant
Lewis L. Russell ... Mr. St. James
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Andrews ... Alcoholic (uncredited)
Gene Ashley ... Male Nurse (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Man from Albany (uncredited)
Harry Barris ... Pianist at Harry & Joe's (uncredited)
Ian Begg ... (uncredited)
Jess Lee Brooks ... (uncredited)
Jack Clifford ... Guard (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Dave (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Man in Nightclub Washroom (uncredited)
Willa Pearl Curtis ... Mrs. Wertheim's Assistant (uncredited)

John Deauville ... Cloakroom Attendant (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Mrs. Frink (uncredited)
Clark Eggleston ... Cloakroom Attendant (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Concert Attendee (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Shopkeeper (uncredited)
John Garris ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Jayne Hazard ... M. (uncredited)
Ted Hecht ... Man with Bandaged Ear (uncredited)
Ernest Hilliard ... Headwaiter (uncredited)

Earle Hyman ... Smoking Man (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Male Nurse (uncredited)
Stan Johnson ... Nurse (uncredited)
Jack W. Johnston ... Nightclub Guest (uncredited)

Karl 'Karchy' Kosiczky ... Baby (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Mr. Brophy (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Doorman (uncredited)
Audrey Long ... Cloak Room Attendant (uncredited)
Theodora Lynch ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Bertram Marburgh ... Jewish Man (uncredited)
William Meader ... Hardware Man (uncredited)
James Millican ... Nurse (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Drunk in Alcoholic Ward (uncredited)
Pat Moriarity ... Irishman (uncredited)
William Newell ... Liquor Store Proprietor (uncredited)
William O'Leary ... Irishman (uncredited)
Peter Potter ... Shaky and Sweaty Man (uncredited)
Mark Power ... (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... Fruit Clerk (uncredited)
Craig Reynolds ... George (uncredited)
The San Francisco Opera Company ... Themselves (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Jewish Man (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Guard (uncredited)
Sophie ... Mrs. Deveridge's Dog (uncredited)
Douglas Spencer ... Beetle Man in Drunk Tank (uncredited)
Al Stewart ... Mattress Man (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Woman in Bar (uncredited)
Bunny Sunshine ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Drunk in Alcoholic Ward (uncredited)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Washroom Attendant at Harry & Joe's (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Doctor (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Mike (uncredited)
Milton Wallace ... Pawnbroker with Helen's Coat (uncredited)
Gisela Werbisek ... Mrs. Wertheim (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Waiter at Harry & Joe's Bar (uncredited)
Ernest Whitman ... Black Man Talking to Himself (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Drunk (uncredited)
Isabel Withers ... Woman Before Pawn Shop (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Charles R. Jackson (from the novel by)

Charles Brackett (screen play) and
Billy Wilder (screen play)

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
John F. Seitz (director of photography)
 
Casting by
Robert Mayo (uncredited)
Alice Thomas (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
 
Set Decoration by
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Jack Daniels .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Doris Rowland .... hair stylist (uncredited)
William Woods .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Richard Blaydon .... production manager (uncredited)
Frank Parmenter .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Bridges .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Charles C. Coleman .... second unit director (uncredited)
Tex Harris .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack Colconda .... props (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Charles Mason .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stanley Cooley .... sound recordist
Joel Moss .... sound recordist
William Pillar .... stage engineer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Loyal Griggs .... process photography assistant (uncredited)
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects assistant (uncredited)
Harry Perry .... process photography assistant (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitch Crawley .... transparency grip (uncredited)
Ray Guy .... electrician (uncredited)
Earl Hardaway .... mike grip (uncredited)
James Hawley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Walter Newman .... transparency grip (uncredited)
Otto Pierce .... second camera (uncredited)
Chet Stafford .... gaffer (uncredited)
Harlow Stengel .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred True .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julio Alonso .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Grace Harris .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Doane Harrison .... editorial supervisor
Lee Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Samuel Hoffman .... musician: theremin (uncredited)
Russell Martin .... music recordist (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Philip Wisdom .... music mixer (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Armando Agnini .... technical advisor: opera (uncredited)
John Clark .... publicist (uncredited)
Rena Clark .... research assistant (uncredited)
Helen Hernandez .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Sam Ledner .... dance supervisor (uncredited)
Al Mann .... dance director (uncredited)
Gladys Percey .... research director (uncredited)
Douglas Spencer .... stand-in: Ray Milland (uncredited)
George Thompson .... medical advisor (uncredited)
Marvin Weldon .... script clerk (uncredited)
Sam Wood .... coordinator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Netherlands:18 (1947) | South Korea:15 (2003) | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #10517) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The scene where Ray Milland tries to hawk his typewriter to pawnbrokers rang very true for Billy Wilder who in his formative days as a writer would often have to do the same thing to the brokers in Berlin to make ends meet.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Helen pours whiskey for Don near the end then divides it into two glasses, it is nowhere near a quarter of the way up the glass. When Don chooses not to drink it moments later, and drops his cigarette in the glass, it is more than half-way full.See more »
Quotes:
[Nat moves to wipe away the circle of whisky from Don Birnam's glass]
Don Birnam:Don't wipe it away, Nat. Let me have my little vicious circle. You know, the circle is the perfect geometric figure. No end, no beginning.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Smallville: Bride (#8.10)" (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
It Was So Beautiful (and You Were Mine)See more »

FAQ

Is "The Lost Weekend" based on a book?
What is the significance of the three balls outside of the pawnbroker's shop?
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
more than just a simple "message" movie, Wilder tries to make addiction as human a crisis as possible, 25 October 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Although in some respects some of the conditions and dialog from the Lost Weekend have become dated, the performances and the ideas behind it- plus the heightened style of it- make it work many years down the line. Oscar winning director Billy Wilder makes Don Birnem's struggle something that is unmistakable, especially if you've been around these kinds of people. Most of us have seen the drunk at the end of the bar with grandiose ideas and romanticized visions amid that need (nevermind enjoyment) of the booze. But the film is successful if only because it makes this obsession with the flailing writer Don as his major internal conflict, and that it goes deeper to something that is in many of us, even if we don't drink.

Basically, Don wants to get off alcohol so he can write his great book. Despite some advice from the "friendly enemy" (as I would call one) local bartender, and the girl Gloria, there is little hope for him it seems. He goes on a four-day bender, looking frantically all over the apartment when it's not in easy reach. This all leads up to going clean, which involves a truly paranoid-filmed sequence by Wilder (one of his very best).

It is almost all harrowing drama, and only in the minute moments when Don is completely unsympathetic does the film lose some of its momentum. But really, the film is as much about the psychology of this man, of the writer in desperation (though never wanting to admit it), and Ray Milland's performance (at least for the time) was daring enough to show as much as could be shown at the time. The film probes just enough into the subject matter to not become very preachy (I don't think Wilder's message is to never drink ever as much as one of keeping control of one's life and system), and at the core is just entertaining drama.

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