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"Playhouse 90" Days of Wine and Roses (1958)

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Original Air Date:
2 October 1958 (Season 3, Episode 2)
An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together. | Add synopsis »
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One of the best dramas, I've seen, period. See more (4 total) »


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Episode Crew
Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
J.P. Miller  writer

Produced by
Fred Coe .... producer
Bo Goldman .... associate producer (as Robert Goldman)
Russell Stoneham .... associate producer
Music Department
Alex North .... composer: theme music

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
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

John Frankenheimer taped the AA meeting scenes the day prior to the live telecast, and those inserts made costume changes possible.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Days of Wine and Roses (1962)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
One of the best dramas, I've seen, period., 5 January 2010
Author: Terra_Noir from United States

I saw 'Days of Wine and Roses' (1958 original version) on DVD, in a collection called "The Golden Age of Television" that is widely available, I borrowed mine from the public library. This DVD set contained, 8 original live tele plays that were broadcast live on television in the mid-late 50s. This is some of the best dramas I've ever seen. The DVD set contained:

Marty (1953) Patterns (1955) No Time for Sergeants (1955) A Wind from the South (1955) Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956) Bang the Drum Slowly (1956) The Comedian (1957) Days of Wine and Roses (1958)

No doubt fans of classic movies will recognize many of these titles, as many of these original tele-plays were made into movies latter on.

'Days of Wine and Roses' star Cliff Robertson and Piper Laurie in a gusty and realistic drama about the ravages of alcoholism on a married couple. I have to whole heartily agree with the other review. This is not only some of the best drama that was ever broadcast on television but one of the best dramas I've seen, period. Cliff Robertson's quiet brooding performance goes well with Piper Laurie's strong portrayal of a wife and mother who slides to the literally bottom of the bottle. Even today, both movies and television rarely show such realism. This was one helluva of a ride.

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