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The Mephisto Waltz -- Alan Alda's character is a music journalist whose career as a piano player came to an end when his debut concert received undeservedly scathing reviews.


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28 June 1971 (Sweden) See more »
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Alan Alda's character is a music journalist whose career as a piano player came to an end when his debut concert received undeservedly scathing reviews. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alan Alda ... Myles Clarkson

Jacqueline Bisset ... Paula Clarkson

Barbara Parkins ... Roxanne Delancey

Bradford Dillman ... Bill Delancey (as Brad Dillman)

William Windom ... Dr. Roger West
Kathleen Widdoes ... Maggie West
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Abby Clarkson

Curd Jürgens ... Duncan Mowbray Ely (as Curt Jurgens)
Curt Lowens ... Agency Chief
Gregory Morton ... Conductor
Janee Michelle ... Agency Chief's Girlfriend
Lilyan Chauvin ... Woman Writer
Khigh Dhiegh ... Zanc Theun
Alberto Morin ... Bennett
Berry Kroeger ... Raymont
Terrence Scammell ... Richard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Antoinette Bower ... Member of Ely's Group (uncredited)

Walter Brooke ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Frank Campanella ... Detective Investigating Bill's Death (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Pallbearer (uncredited)
Pitt Herbert ... Flower Shop Clerk (uncredited)

Marta Kristen ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Anabel Shaw ... Nurse (uncredited)
Tim ... Robin (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Wendkos 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ben Maddow 
Fred Mustard Stewart  novel

Produced by
Arthur Fellows .... associate producer
Quinn Martin .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
William W. Spencer 
Film Editing by
Richard K. Brockway  (as Richard Brockway)
Art Direction by
Richard Y. Haman 
Set Decoration by
Raphael Bretton 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
Makeup Department
Pat Abbott .... hair stylist
Joe DiBella .... makeup artist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup supervisor (as Dan Striepeke)
John Chambers .... life masks (uncredited)
Wah Chang .... animal head masks (uncredited)
Daniel C. Striepeke .... life masks (uncredited)
Production Management
William Eckhardt .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hall .... assistant director
Charles Norton .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Stubbs .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Sidney H. Greenwood .... property master (as Sidney Greenwood)
Frank L. Brown .... set dresser (uncredited)
Charles Stevens .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound mixer
Don J. Bassman .... sound re-recordist
John A. Bonner .... sound supervisor
Special Effects by
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects
Charlie Picerni .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Gene Evans .... camera operator
George Hurrell Sr. .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wally Harton .... costumer (uncredited)
Doris Rambeau .... costumer (uncredited)
Music Department
Jakob Gimpel .... musician: piano solos
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Other crew
Phill Norman .... title designer
John Campbell .... unit publicist (uncredited)
James Denton .... director of publicity (uncredited)
John Marshall .... subtitle script and timing (uncredited)
Karl Lewis Miller .... dog trainer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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115 min | USA:109 min (FMC Library Print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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At one point in the film, there is a very subtle reference to the "Curious Case of Benjamin Button", the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald first published in 1922. When Myles is having his facial mask done by Paula, Duncan comes into the room and after a few moments says "People should be born at seventy, and live their life backwards!" This is the exact age of Benjamin Button when he is "born" in the Fitzgerald story.See more »
[after smashing a headlight with a wrench]
Paula Clarkson:Oh, by the way, someone smashed one of the headlights. You shouldn't leave the Rolls out there in plain view. This neighborhood is full of rich teenaged bastards.
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31 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A word on the appearance of the boom mike, 12 July 2002
Author: 35541m from London, England

At least two people below comment on the frequent appearance of the boom mike in this film. To clarify, that is the fault of the TV company / Video company for screening the film in the wrong aspect ratio. It is not the fault of the filmmakers. If you saw this film in the cinema there would be no boom mike since the top of the frame would be masked off by the lens gate. The TV company is showing you the full frame of the picture which should not be all visible to the audience.

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There is NO INCEST in this movie! freakseed
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