The chilling tale of a high-rolling gambler who changes his ways and is determind to help the drifters, alcoholics and prostitutes who have come to depend on his "generosity".




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Myron McCormick ...
Tom Pedi ...
Farrell Pelly ...
Ronald Radd ...
The Captain
The General (Piet Wetjoen)
Harrison Dowd ...
Maxwell Glanville ...
Walter Klavun ...
Hildy Brooks ...
Margie (as Hilda Brawner)


The chilling tale of a high-rolling gambler who changes his ways and is determind to help the drifters, alcoholics and prostitutes who have come to depend on his "generosity".

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Release Date:

14 November 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Eismann kommt  »

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(2 segments)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "The Iceman Cometh" by Eugene O'Neill opened at the Martin Beck Theater on October 9, 1946 and ran for 136 performances. The play had revivals in 1973/1974 and 1999. See more »


In act four during one of Hickey's recollections he says about coming home one day - "into her home which I kept so spotless and clean". The actual line should read - "into her home, where *she* kept everything so spotless and clean". See more »


Referenced in M*A*S*H: Life Time (1979) See more »

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My favorite play and production
4 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In May of 1999, I commented on the 1973 version because this great version was not yet posted in the IMDb. I have recently returned to the IMDb and am pleased to see this here - (I congratulate the IMDb staff).

I stated before that I found this version better even though the 1973 version is also excellent. Robards deservedly owns the role of Hickey. I also have seen the play on Broadway and find this TV production awfully close or equal to the Broadway production experience. In addition, while reading this play after seeing the TV production, I found myself feeling the same vividness and excitement as watching it. Nothing was lost and in some ways, the experience was even better. If you want to see what I believe is the greatest American play, try to get your hands on this version. I would appreciate if you also let me know how - a fan helped me out and I now have a copy - the IMDb serves us well.

I just saw the Kennedy Center honoring of Jason Robards Jr. and seeing just a short cut of this Hickey performance confirmed my wish to have the chance to see this TV "Play of the Week" version again and again.

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how does this compare to the Lee marvin version ? FlorenceLawrence
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