Ralph (Karl Malden) and Annabell Willart (Dame Angela Lansbury) are a feuding couple who are constantly bickering over their worthless, good-for-nothing son Berry-Berry (Warren Beatty). ... See full summary »


John Frankenheimer


William Inge (screenplay), James Leo Herlihy (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
Eva Marie Saint ... Echo O'Brien
Warren Beatty ... Berry-Berry Willart
Karl Malden ... Ralph Willart
Angela Lansbury ... Annabell Willart
Brandon De Wilde ... Clinton Willart (as Brandon de Wilde)
Constance Ford ... Mrs. Mandel
Barbara Baxley ... Schoolteacher
Evans Evans Evans Evans ... Hedy
Madame Spivy Madame Spivy ... Bouncer
Albert Paulsen ... Captain Ramirez (as Albert Paulson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bryar ... Manager of Sweet Shop (scenes deleted)
Robert Sorrells Robert Sorrells ... Waiter in Sweet Shop (scenes deleted)


Ralph (Karl Malden) and Annabell Willart (Dame Angela Lansbury) are a feuding couple who are constantly bickering over their worthless, good-for-nothing son Berry-Berry (Warren Beatty). When Berry-Berry begins yet another meaningless love affair, this time with an older woman named Echo O'Brien (Eva Marie Saint), he really gets his parents at each others' throats. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Male enough to attract a dozen women...not man enough to be faithful to one!




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One of the first movies to be permitted to use the word "pregnant". See more »


When Ralph asks Berry-Berry if he'd like to split a nightcap, Ralph's glass is about three-quarters full. After a cut to show Berry-Berry's quick refusal, the camera immediately returns to Ralph, whose glass is now less than a quarter full. See more »


Bouncer: Madame Spivy -
[Due to his young age, Clinton's presence in a strip bar alarms the hostess behind the bar]
Bouncer: Have you lost your feeble mind? He's still got his baby teeth!
Hedy: [Nonchalantly] Well, it ain't MY job to check birth certificates!
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masterpiece of actors more famous elsewhere...
25 December 2002 | by dpoenSee all my reviews

Guess what? Aside from All Quiet on the Western Front, this darn movie sticks in my mind more than most downer movies... you simply can't believe how completely uncomfortable you become, moment by moment, as the unfolding family disaster gets simply worse and worse---and worse, till finally the increasingly disjointed, insular world of everyone in the movie comes completely unravelled. Eve Marie Saint escapes---perhaps to North by Northwest---where her career hits a brick wall, but everyone else goes on to newer, better things moviewise, careerwise. Sadly overlooked, like "Mike's Murder" years later, this film burns a hole in the memory and one but wonders whatever happened to the early sixties era in which it was produced. Definitely not what I remember of the sixties---in and of itself, a dead era. This is in fact not a sixties movie, though produced in 1962---it is the definite deathknell of fifties entertainment and attitudes, combined with a great monstermother (Angela Lansbury) of a movie besides! Watch in particular Brandon de Wilde and Berry Berry (Warren Beatty) mix it up---well worth the price of admission!

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Release Date:

29 March 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Fall Down See more »


Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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