A successful public relations man's refusal to admit his alcoholism jeopardizes his career, his family and his life.

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Charlie Lester
Lynn Carlin ...
Fran Lester
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Rudy King
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Toni
Jewel Blanch ...
Karen Lester
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Fisherman
Joshua Bryant ...
Dr. Emmett
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Dr. Tillman
Robert Hover ...
Frank Lester
Carolyn Ames ...
Carol Lester
Doug Johnson ...
Stewart
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Danny Lester
Jim Raymond ...
Mr. Doherty (as Jim B. Raymond)
Penny Kunard ...
Mrs. Doherty
Sandy Ward ...
Telly Curran
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A successful public relations man's refusal to admit his alcoholism jeopardizes his career, his family and his life.

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Unbeknownst to anyone other than those close to him, Dick Van Dyke had been struggling with a real life drinking problem for several years prior to making this movie. Before filming began, he decided to tell director Richard Heffron about his struggles. As a result, while filming, Heffron would lay out scenes, then tell Van Dyke, "you know more about this than I do, so just do it the way you see it, the way you feel it." Just before the movie aired, Van Dyke decided to go public with his alcoholism struggles (one of the first entertainment figures to go public about a drinking problem.) He received thousand of letters of support. See more »

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Rudy King: [after Charlie has attended an important meeting while hung over] I'm not going to mince words, Charlie. We've known each other too long for that. You were a disgrace this morning; I can still smell the liquor on your breath. I don't know how many of those men knew you were hung over, but I certainly did.
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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
(uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
Sung by Dick Van Dyke, Lynn Carlin, Penny Kunard and Jim Raymond
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Made a huge impression on me
21 May 2004 | by (Wisconsin, USA) – See all my reviews

I watched this film while I was in treatment for alcoholism in June of 1987.

Thanks to God and AA, I have been continuously sober for the past 16 years.

In a few days, it could be 17 but we do this one day at a time. I am going to reveal how the movie ends. Don't keep reading if you don't want to know. However, the movie is not available for purchase anywhere that I know so there's little chance that I'll spoil anything for you. The way it ends is that the Dick Van Dyke character gives up and goes away to drink himself to death. I generally hate movies that end badly but this one had a tremendous impact on me. Van Dyke's portrayal is so convincing. It reminds me of the tremendous power of alcohol and the "life and death" struggle that is recovery. God bless you for reading this and if you know of a way to purchase this film, please let me know.


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