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 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 »

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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
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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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Brutally honest; horrifically real.
18 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Richard Matheson has given us another masterful screenplay, and Dick Van Dyke is perfectly cast in the dramatic role of his career. I saw this on its initial television release date, and I recall the wide recognition that it garnered; but "The Morning After" seems to have slipped from visibility lately. Still, at the time of this film, "lovable drunk" jokes and comics were prolific on television – and since "The Morning After", and its terrific eye-opening impact, they disappeared almost overnight. Now there were other, numerous efforts in those days to increase the awareness of alcoholism ... but I maintain that the impact of this unforgettable, much-discussed television film, with its chilling end, had a huge impact on the American consciousness. But we'll never be able to measure the number of lives it must have saved. Highly recommended to all.


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