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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In his memoirs, Dick Van Dyke called his performance "one of the best and most powerful pieces of acting in my career, as well as one of the most personal." 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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devastating portrayal - great performance
12 December 1998 | by (Brooklyn, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

Even though I haven't seen this movie since it was first shown in 1974 I still recall much of it vividly. Dick Van Dyke gives the performance of his life as an alcoholic, self-hating man who just can't accept the help he needs to get better. For anyone who has seen it, the last scene is just chilling and unforgettable. One of the best tv movies ever made.


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