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The Lost Weekend ()


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The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.

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  • Won 4 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 3 nominations.
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Don Birnam
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Helen St. James
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Wick Birnam
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Nat
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Gloria
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'Bim' Nolan
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Mrs. Deveridge
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Mrs. Foley (as Anita Bolster)
Lilian Fontaine ...
Mrs. St. James
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Opera Cloak Room Attendant
Lewis L. Russell ...
Mr. St. James
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Andrews ...
Alcoholic (uncredited)
Gene Ashley ...
Male Nurse (uncredited)
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Man from Albany (uncredited)
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Pianist at Harry & Joe's (uncredited)
Ian Begg ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Drunk in Alcoholic Ward (uncredited)
Jess Lee Brooks ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Jack Rube Clifford ...
Guard (uncredited)
David Clyde ...
Dave (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Man in Nightclub Washroom (uncredited)
Willa Pearl Curtis ...
Mrs. Wertheim's Assistant (uncredited)
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Cloakroom Attendant (uncredited)
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Mrs. Frink (uncredited)
Clark Eggleston ...
Cloakroom Attendant (uncredited)
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Concert Attendee / Barfly (uncredited)
John Garris ...
Opera Singer (uncredited)
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Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
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M.M. - Blonde with Purse (uncredited)
Ted Hecht ...
Man with Bandaged Ear (uncredited)
Ernest Hilliard ...
Headwaiter (uncredited)
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Smoking Man (uncredited)
Jerry James ...
Male Nurse (uncredited)
Stan Johnson ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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Nightclub Guest (uncredited)
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Baby (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ...
Mr. Brophy (uncredited)
Perc Launders ...
Doorman (uncredited)
Theodora Lynch ...
Opera Singer (uncredited)
Bertram Marburgh ...
Jewish Man (uncredited)
William Meader ...
Hardware Man (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
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Drunk in Alcoholic Ward (uncredited)
Pat Moriarity ...
Irishman (uncredited)
William Newell ...
Liquor Store Proprietor (uncredited)
William O'Leary ...
Irishman (uncredited)
Peter Potter ...
Shaky and Sweaty Man (uncredited)
Mark Power ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Fruit Clerk (uncredited)
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George - M.M.'s Escort (uncredited)
The San Francisco Opera Company ...
Themselves (uncredited)
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Jewish Man (uncredited)
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Guard (uncredited)
Sophie ...
Mrs. Deveridge's Dog (uncredited)
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Beetle Man in Drunk Tank (uncredited)
Al Stewart ...
Mattress Man (uncredited)
Bunny Sunshine ...
Little Girl (uncredited)
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Drunk in Alcoholic Ward (uncredited)
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Washroom Attendant at Harry & Joe's (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ...
Doctor (uncredited)
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Mike (uncredited)
Milton Wallace ...
Pawnbroker with Helen's Coat (uncredited)
Gisela Werbisek ...
Mrs. Wertheim (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ...
Waiter at Harry & Joe's Bar (uncredited)
Ernest Whitman ...
Black Man Talking to Himself (uncredited)
Isabel Withers ...
Woman with Baby Carriage Before Pawn Shop (uncredited)
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Cloak Room Attendant (uncredited)

Directed by

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Billy Wilder

Written by

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Charles R. Jackson ... (from the novel by)
 
Charles Brackett ... (screen play) and
Billy Wilder ... (screen play)

Produced by

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Charles Brackett ... producer

Music by

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Miklós Rózsa ... (as Miklos Rozsa)

Cinematography by

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John F. Seitz ... director of photography

Editorial Department

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Doane Harrison ... editorial supervisor
Lee Hall ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Robert Mayo ... (uncredited)
Alice Thomas ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Hans Dreier
A. Earl Hedrick ... (as Earl Hedrick)

Set Decoration by

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Bertram C. Granger ... (as Bertram Granger)

Costume Design by

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Edith Head ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

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Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor
Jack Daniels ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Doris Rowland ... hair stylist (uncredited)
William Woods ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Richard Blaydon ... production manager (uncredited)
Frank Parmenter ... assistant production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Douglas Bridges ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Charles C. Coleman ... assistant director (uncredited) / second unit director (uncredited)
Tex Harris ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Jack Colconda ... props (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Charles Mason ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Stanley Cooley ... sound recordist
Joel Moss ... sound recordist
William Pillar ... stage engineer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Farciot Edouart ... process photography
Gordon Jennings ... special photographic effects
Loyal Griggs ... process photography assistant (uncredited)
Paul K. Lerpae ... special photographic effects assistant (uncredited)
Harry Perry ... process photography assistant (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mitch Crawley ... transparency grip (uncredited)
Ray Guy ... electrician (uncredited)
Earl Hardaway ... mike grip (uncredited)
James Hawley ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Walter Newman ... transparency grip (uncredited)
Otto Pierce ... second camera (uncredited)
Chet Stafford ... gaffer (uncredited)
Harlow Stengel ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred True ... grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Julio Alonso ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Grace Harris ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Jeanne Bayless ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Huntington Burdick ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
John Clyman ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Alec Compinsky ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Earl Hatch ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Abraham Hochstein ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Samuel Hoffman ... musician: theremin (uncredited)
Jack Marsh ... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Russell Martin ... music recordist (uncredited)
Peter Meremblum ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Lisa Minghetti ... musician: violin (uncredited)
George Parrish ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Toscha Seidel ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Eudice Shapiro ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Irvin Talbot ... conductor (uncredited)
Henri Temianka ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Raymond Turner ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Philip Wisdom ... music mixer (uncredited)
Eugene Zador ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Armando Agnini ... technical advisor: opera (uncredited)
John Clark ... publicist (uncredited)
Rena Clark ... research assistant (uncredited)
Helen Hernandez ... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Sam Ledner ... dance supervisor (uncredited)
Al Mann ... dance director (uncredited)
Gladys Percey ... research director (uncredited)
Douglas Spencer ... stand-in: Ray Milland (uncredited)
George Thompson ... medical advisor (uncredited)
Marvin Weldon ... script clerk (uncredited)
Sam Wood ... coordinator (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Don Birnam, long-time alcoholic, has been "on the wagon" for ten days and seems to be over the worst; but his craving has just become more insidious. Evading a country weekend planned by his brother Wick and girlfriend Helen, he begins a four-day bender. In flashbacks we see past events, all gone wrong because of the bottle. But this bout looks like being his last...one way or the other. Written by Rod Crawford

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Taglines How daring can the screen dare to be? No adult man or woman can risk missing the startling frankness of The Lost Weekend! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le poison (France)
  • Das verlorene Wochenende (Germany)
  • Días sin huella (Spain)
  • Días sin huella (Chile)
  • Días sin huella (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Budget $1,250,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia It was only in later years that Billy Wilder discovered that the title of Charles R. Jackson's novel is actually a typo. It was supposed to have been called "The Last Weekend". See more »
Goofs Don Birman stops at the "A. Bloom" pawn shop. When it is closed, he walks uptown. He passes another pawn shop with a man standing in front of it and we can see the name "A. Bloom" again See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). See more »
Soundtracks La Traviata See more »
Quotes [Nat moves to wipe away the circle of whisky from Don Birnam's glass]
Don Birnam: Don't wipe it away, Nat. Let me have my little vicious circle. You know, the circle is the perfect geometric figure. No end, no beginning.
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