Playhouse 90: Season 1, Episode 2

Requiem for a Heavyweight (11 Oct. 1956)

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An over-the-hill heavyweight boxing champion who suffers from the ravages of years of head trauma is exploited by his manager, despite the efforts of a compassionate young woman who tries to help him recover his self-respect.

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Richard Joy ...
Himself - Announcer (as Dick Joy)
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Mike
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ...
Steve
Edgar Stehli ...
Doctor
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Pirelli
Harry Landers ...
Fox
Charles Herbert ...
Jeffrey
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Bartender
Frank Richards ...
Fighter in Bar
Lyn Osborn ...
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Joe Abdullah ...
Fight Announcer
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An over-the-hill heavyweight boxing champion who suffers from the ravages of years of head trauma is exploited by his manager, despite the efforts of a compassionate young woman who tries to help him recover his self-respect.

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Because Ed Wynn kept flubbing his lines during rehearsal, there was serious concern that he wouldn't be prepared to do a live drama. So Ned Glass, who played a minor role in the show, secretly learned the part of Army and rehearsed privately with Jack Palance and Keenan Wynn. In the end, Ed Wynn went on and delivered a solid performance. See more »

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A washed up man finds a friend in an unexpected place
12 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TV was never better than this and never got any better later. As soon as the credits were shown Rod Serling's phone never stopped ringing. But what amazed me was I discovered Jack Palance was one hell of an actor. It's a great story but without him it would just have floated instead of soared. After SHANE I figured he'd make good, ugly background for gritty movies, not much else. Great supporting cast. Palance is a prize fighter who almost makes it, then is tossed away like all fighters who don't measure up. His handlers, Ed Wynn and his son Keenan, dump the washed up fighter and he hits the streets, untrained, uneducated and seemingly unemployable. In a final act of desperation he goes to the state employment office. A feel good ending ensues. If you haven't seen it, do so. Feel good movies are hard to come by anymore.


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