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



(teleplay), (novel) (as Jack Weiner)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Lester
Lynn Carlin ...
Fran Lester
Rudy King
Jewel Blanch ...
Karen Lester
Sam Gilman ...
Joshua Bryant ...
Dr. Emmett
Dr. Tillman
Robert Hover ...
Frank Lester
Carolyn Ames ...
Carol Lester
Doug Johnson ...
Danny Lester
Jim Raymond ...
Mr. Doherty (as Jim B. Raymond)
Penny Kunard ...
Mrs. Doherty
Sandy Ward ...
Telly Curran


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

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13 February 1974 (USA)  »

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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 Hefferton about his struggles. As a result, while filming, Hefferton would lay out scenes, then tell Van Dyke, "you know more about this than I do, so just to 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 »


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
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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a classic
1 September 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I cannot say enough good things about this film. I guess it is the mark of a classic that a film that was made almost thirty years ago could still touch people today. Dick Van Dyke deserved an Emmy for his mind-blowing performance as a tragic alcoholic. This movie has the grimmest ending you could imagine but it makes it a better film and a cut above the typical "disease of the week" fare tv has so often served. What is so amazing to me is that Dick Van Dyke had never played a dramatic part before he took on this one. He has played two other dramatic parts I remember well, he was a priest accused of murder in The Runner Stumbles and played another alcoholic in an HBO presentation of The Country Girl. Its so ironic that all three of these fine performances that he gave are now almost impossible to see. I have gotten e-mails from people after I got my copy of TMA asking me how they could get it because they have family members who are alcohlics. All right,go to "Google" on your computer. It is the most effective search engine and type in Weird World Of 70's Cinema Video Library. They have many, many rare videos that I didn't even know existed and The Morning After is one of them. Thats how you can get a copy. The e-mail address of this site is fantasma@negation.net. A man named Fitzgerald owns the site. He will gladly send you a copy at a very reasonable price.

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