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Death of a Salesman (1966)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  8 May 1966 (USA)
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An abridged award-winning TV adaptation of a famous play about an aging traveling salesman who's on the verge of a nervous breakdown. His job is gone and his family hates him for never being there. He tries mending things with them.

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An abridged award-winning TV adaptation of a famous play about an aging traveling salesman who's on the verge of a nervous breakdown. His job is gone and his family hates him for never being there. He tries mending things with them.

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The 1966 television drama "Death of a Salesman" was video taped in Los Angeles at the CBS Television City (studios), located at Beverly Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. Tom John, an established New York television designer/art director was hired to design the production. Tom employed his NY assistant, Chuck Murawski as his assistant art director, flying Chuck from New York for the four week prep period. The television play adaptation was rehearsed in the mezzanine rehearsal rooms adjacent the third floor art department. (This rehearsal hall was later used by Carol Burnett for her show's rehearsal and for her private exercise club meetings during the 'Carol Burnett Variety Show" weekly schedule.) During the production period, Tom and another 'Hollywood designer friend' Jim Trittipo, who often visited each other during the production schedule, late one mid-night, were in the CBS art department. An original gauche film production sketch from "Gone With The Wind" had graced the walls of the art department for years! The pair decided to steal the "burning of Atlanta" sketch, using a mat knife, slicing the illustration down the middle, so that each could have a 'souvenier'. See more »

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Mr. Cobb absolutely riveting.
27 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Seeing Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman in this David Susskind produced version is as close as possible to seeing the original play on Broadway, and a far sight better than just about any live production one could find nowadays.

Mr. Cobb's performance is so absorbing, so powerful and so disturbing, that we, (the audience) feel genuinely dazed at its conclusion. It's as though, by the time of the final scene, that we too, are attending Willy's funeral, and all stumble away drained and awed.

The supporting cast are each and all superb, with Mildred Dunnock probably topping anything else in which she has appeared. Set design is also inventive in its combination of abstract and realistic interiors and exteriors.

As to the character of Willy, it is to Mr. Cobb's credit, that for all of his past moral compromises and shabby aspirations, the most honest of us, will admit that we recognize something of ourselves in him.

Theater and television at its best! Thank you Mr. Susskind. (Also interesting to note Karen Steele relegated to a bit role while still such a young woman--what a step down from "Marty.")


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