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Death of a Salesman (1951)

 -  Drama  -  9 May 1952 (Finland)
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Willy Loman is an over-the-hill salesman who faces a personal turning point when he loses his job and attempts to make peace with his family: Willy's long-suffering wife Linda, and Biff and Happy, his troubled sons and his life.

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Willy Loman is an over-the-hill salesman who faces a personal turning point when he loses his job and attempts to make peace with his family: Willy's long-suffering wife Linda, and Biff and Happy, his troubled sons and his life.

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Cameron Mitchell, Mildred Dunnock and Howard Smith all repeated their Broadway roles in the film. Ms. Dunnock would play Linda Loman yet again in the 1966 television production of the play. See more »

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Charley: A salesman is somebody way up there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine...
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Miller seems to have been pleased
17 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In his autobiography, "Timebends," playwright Arthur Miller says he was pleased with this version of "Salesman" and felt that Fredric March was effective as Willy. I would love to make that determination for myself. I have always been a big fan of March, and the rest of the cast all seem ideal choices for their roles. I don't believe it is in TCM's library. I think it deserves a DVD release, as does the 1966 (German?) version of "The Crucible."

I check on the DVD availability of this version of "Salesman" every now and then, as well as the 1949 version of "The Great Gatsby" with Alan Ladd, along with some other films that are (surprisingly) not on DVD, such as "Last Year At Marienbad" and "Sundays and Cybele." Good things come to those who wait.


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