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"Playhouse 90" Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956)

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Director:
Writer:
Rod Serling (writer)
Contact:
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Original Air Date:
11 October 1956 (Season 1, Episode 2)
Genre:
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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One of Rod Serling's best scripts See more (6 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Richard Joy ... Himself - Announcer (as Dick Joy)

Jack Palance ... Harlan 'Mountain' McClintock

Keenan Wynn ... Maish Rennick

Kim Hunter ... Grace Carney

Ed Wynn ... Army

Max Baer ... Mike
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ... Steve
Edgar Stehli ... Doctor

Stanley Adams ... Pirelli
Harry Landers ... Fox
Charles Herbert ... Jeffrey

Ned Glass ... Bartender
Frank Richards ... Fighter in Bar
Lyn Osborn ... Photographer
Joe Abdullah ... Fight Announcer
Ivan Rasputin ... Wrestler
Ted Christy ... Wrestler
Karl 'Killer' Davis ... Wrestler
Young Jack Johnson ... Champ
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eddie Cantor ... Himself - Announcing Next Week's Show
George Margo ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ralph Nelson 
 
Writing credits
Rod Serling (writer)

Produced by
Julian Claman .... associate producer
David J. Eagle .... producer
Martin Manulis .... producer
Alvin Rakoff .... producer
 
Original Music by
Russell Garcia 
 
Music Department
Sammy Cahn .... composer: theme
Alex North .... composer: theme
 
Other crew
Peter Kortner .... story editor
 

Series Crew
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Directed by
Tony Barr  (as Anthony Barr)
Karl Genus 
John Frankenheimer (episode "If You Know Elizabeth") (episode "Thundering Flame, The") (episode "Town That Turned to Dust, The")
Ralph Nelson (episode "Requiem for a Heavyweight" 1956)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Alan Aurthur  (episode "A Sound of Different Drumers") (episode "Thundering Flame, The")
Gwen Bagni 
Mel Barr  written by (episode "Blackwell Story The")
George Bellak  (episode "Sound of Eden, The")
Fred Clasel  story (episode "Thundering Flame, The")
Lloyd C. Douglas  story (episode "Blackwell Story The")
Bo Goldman 
Jack Jacobs  (episode "Ain't No Time Glory")
Robert E. McEnroe  (episode "Silver Whistle, The (December 24, 1959)")
Elick Moll  written by (episode "Thundering Flame, The")
Paul Monash  script (episode "Helen Morgan Story The")
Lulu Morgan  story (episode "Helen Morgan Story The")
Tad Mosel  (episode "If You Know Elizabeth")
Don Murray  story (episode "Thundering Flame, The")
Leonard Spigelgass  script (episode "Helen Morgan Story The")
Malvin Wald  (episode "Ain't No Time Glory")

Produced by
Mildred Freed Alberg .... producer
Tony Barr .... associate producer (as Anthony Barr)
Joe Scully .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Allen 
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Albert Kurland 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... second assistant director
 
Music Department
Igo Kantor .... music editor
 
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Additional Details

Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Original air date 11 October 1956. The first original 90-minute drama ever shown live on TV.See more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
One of Rod Serling's best scripts, 14 June 1999
Author: Reb9 from Houston

This was a watershed production for American Television. A live broadcast of an intense and moving script. If you love great film and can find a copy to rent, do so. Jack Palance gives the finest performance of his career and the supporting cast is flawless.

The movie version made several years later, and staring Anthony Quinn is quite good, but it doesn't measure up to the original.

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