Charlie Gordon, a mentally challenged man who is eager to learn, is given an experimental operation to increase his intelligence to genius level. The experiment seems to work, until one of ... See full summary »

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(short story "Flowers for Algernon")
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Charlie Gordon, a mentally challenged man who is eager to learn, is given an experimental operation to increase his intelligence to genius level. The experiment seems to work, until one of the lab animals the procedure was tested on begins to lose its intelligence... Written by MajorB

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22 February 1961 (USA)  »

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Given that his role as Joe Clay from Playhouse 90: Days of Wine and Roses (1958) was taken by Jack Lemmon in the successful film adaptation Days of Wine and Roses (1962), Cliff Robertson (Charlie Gordon) bought the rights to the story in the hope that he would also star in the film version. This hope came to fruition seven years later with the production of Charly (1968). Robertson won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, becoming the second of only two actors to win an Oscar for a role that he had originally played on television. The first was Maximilian Schell, who won the same award for his performance as Hans Rolfe in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). Schell originally played the role (under the name Otto Rolfe) in Playhouse 90: Judgment at Nuremberg (1959). See more »

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Poignant irony
26 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first viewed this episode of The United States Steel Hour at the age of 14. I had previously read Daniel Keyes' original short story "Flowers For Algernon," and was quite moved, even at that age, by the ironic tragedy which befell the main character, Charlie Gordon. With that in mind, I was quite enthralled as the teleplay unfolded and I realized that it was, in fact, "Flowers..." While I don't recall after nearly 50 years all the production values of this TV drama, I DO recall the impact that it had upon me; It brought home a visualization of a powerful and tragic story that haunts me to this day: That of an unwitting soul who is borne to the heights, then cast back to the depths through no fault of his own. This episode would truly be a prime candidate for release on VHS or DVD.


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