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"Playhouse 90" Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956)

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Original Air Date:
11 October 1956 (Season 1, Episode 2)
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) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jack Palance ... Harlan 'Mountain' McClintock

Keenan Wynn ... Maish Rennick

Kim Hunter ... Grace Carney

Ed Wynn ... Army

Max Baer ... Mike

Maxie Rosenbloom ... Steve (as Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom)
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:
Charles Perry ... Cornerman (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Julian Claman .... associate producer
Martin Manulis .... producer
Other crew
Peter Kortner .... story editor

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
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
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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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13 out of 14 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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