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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 11 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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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)
Lillian Fontaine ... Mrs. St. James (as Lilian Fontaine)
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)
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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 | 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 outdoor filming was done in New York City and the interiors were done in Hollywood. The latter included an exact duplicate of a Third Avenue bar, P.J. Clarke's, on Stage 5 at Paramount Pictures, complete down to the dusty stuffed cat on the top of the payphone. Ray Milland, who starred in the film, tells that for one week every afternoon at five o'clock the door of the set would open, a man would walk up to the bar (whether filming was going on or not), order a straight bourbon, chat about the weather, plunk down fifty cents, and stroll out. It was the writer Robert Benchley, who was homesick for New York.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Don Birman stops at the "A. Bloom" pawn shop. When it is closed, he walks uptown. He passes another pawn shop with a man standing in front of it and we can see the name "A. Bloom" againSee more »
Quotes:
Helen St. James:We're both trying, Don. You're trying not to drink, and I'm trying not to love you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Apartment (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
Somebody Stole My GalSee 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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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Once Upon A Time There Was A Bat And A Mouse, 29 July 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Lost Weekend for 1945 was a pretty grim and realistic look at the problem of alcoholism. We've seen some pretty good films since like I'll Cry Tomorrow right up to Barfly, but The Lost Weekend still has the power to hold the audiences attention 61 years after it came out.

It was a breakthrough film for its star Ray Milland. Previously someone who had done light leading man roles, Milland plumbed some real hidden demons in the role of Don Birnam. A guy much like the characters Ray Milland played on screen, Birnam is a charming fellow and would be writer who can't leave the alcohol alone.

Billy Wilder was going to originally cast an unknown character actor in the lead role. However Paramount producer Buddy DeSylva said that in this part you wanted a likable leading man so the audiences had a rooting interest. Wilder who usually did not suffer interference from the front office with any grace, took DeSylva's advice and got Ray Milland with whom he'd worked with in The Major and the Minor.

Milland prepared for this part by spending a couple of nights in an alcoholic ward. Certainly showed in his performance. You will not forget Milland and his reaction to seeing the bat and the mouse while in delirium tremors.

Jane Wyman was Wilder's third choice after not getting Katharine Hepburn or Jean Arthur. She came over to Paramount from Warner Brothers on a loan out and got her first really good notices for a serious acting role as Milland's long suffering girl friend.

A recent biography of Billy Wilder said that The Lost Weekend was timed perfectly for an audience that swelled up with returning servicemen some of whom developed alcoholic problems after being through the horror of a World War. After being panned in previews with a little editing it opened to rave reviews on release.

It did good at the box office too and it won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor for Milland, Best Screenplay for Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett and Best Director for Wilder. After this triumph Wilder and Brackett both had their pick of good film properties.

I'm surprised that someone like Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman or Al Pacino has never tried to remake this one. Seems like just the kind of film for them.

Milland's character is a writer and a key sequence is when he attempts to pawn his typewriter for a bottle of booze. Can you imagine doing that today with a laptop computer which is not only the tool he uses, but also has a memory of all the attempts the protagonist has made to write.

Might even be more powerful today.

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