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

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Director:
Writer:
J.P. Miller (writer)
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Original Air Date:
2 October 1958 (Season 3, Episode 2)
Genre:
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
One of The Finest Dramas Ever Filmed! Superior To the Film Version! See more (4 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Cliff Robertson ... Joe Clay

Piper Laurie ... Kirsten Arnesen Clay

Charles Bickford ... Ellis Arensen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Malcolm Atterbury ... Jim Hungerford
Dick Elliott ... Mr. Trayner
Mimi Gibson ... Debbie Clay

Sterling Hayden ... Himself - Host

Marc Lawrence ... Scarface
Martha Wentworth ... Mrs. Nolan
Charlene James ... Party Guest (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Fred Coe .... producer
 
Music Department
Sammy Cahn .... composer: theme
Alex North .... composer: theme
 

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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
One of The Finest Dramas Ever Filmed! Superior To the Film Version!, 2 November 2008
Author: Tom Sanchez from Los Angeles, California

I got the opportunity to see the "Playhouse 90" version of "The Days of Wine and Roses" when I was a teenager on my local PBS station in Los Angeles. I had no idea, then, that there'd been any other version than the 1962 film. Not taking anything away from the film but the "Playhouse 90" version stunned me with the honesty of the portrayals of alcoholism by Cliff Robertson and Piper Laurie. Unlike Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick, Robertson and Laurie seemed all too honest in their portrayals of the damage that alcoholism wreaks on themselves and loved ones. The vulnerability with which Cliff Robertson played the scene in the greenhouse leaves chills in me every time I see it. I was shocked (pleasantly) at how frank the script gets in revealing Kristen's resorting to prostitution to get her drinks. This frankness for a television drama, in 1958! Unbelievable! The production values beautifully fit the increasing economic and emotional limitations of the husband and wife as their disease progresses. Although the music used in the episode came from stock music in the CBS music library, it somehow feels as if it had been written for this episode, so right it seems. The photography is noir-like, very effective, as in film noir, to document the progress of alcoholism. Robertson and Laurie now seem ideal for their roles. Of course, they were not box-office names at the time the film was made.

I hope this version of "The Days of Wine and Roses" gets wider exposure and assumes its rightful place as one of the very best examples of American television programming ever.

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