Fred Zinnemann and producer, Samuel Marx, invited Morton Thompson, the author of the underlying material in his book 'Joe, the Wounded Tennis Player,' to a Projection Room screening of the first rough cut, which included 'Scene Missing" tags and ragged sound. When that first screening ended, Mort got up, never looked at either Zinnemann or Marx, and walked angrily out, slamming the door. Marx commented that obviously, authors do not need their written word to show their unhappiness. See more »
I loved this movie! It's a great movie, sensitive and spell-binding. All of the actors deserve awards for their portrayals of the characters that build and relate the storyline. The movie is unforgettable, and it's star, Peter Lawford, is superb in his role. The main star is a child, and predictably, he steals the show. If you are fortunate enough to see this movie, better have some tissues handy - it's definitely on a par with Jackie Coogan and Wallace Beery in "The Champ." The kids will love it, too. Yet, for all it's charm and warm-hearted appeal, it does not seem to be available for general purchase. Will somebody please tell me where I can get a copy - I'd love to see it again!
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