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The Morning After (1974)

A successful public relations man's refusal to admit his alcoholism jeopardizes his career, his family and his life.

Director:

Richard T. Heffron

Writers:

Richard Matheson (teleplay), Jack B. Weiner (novel) (as Jack Weiner)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Charlie Lester
Lynn Carlin ... Fran Lester
Don Porter ... Rudy King
Linda Lavin ... Toni
Jewel Blanch Jewel Blanch ... Karen Lester
Sam Gilman ... Fisherman
Joshua Bryant ... Dr. Emmett
Richard Derr ... Dr. Tillman
Robert Hover Robert Hover ... Frank Lester
Carolyn Ames Carolyn Ames ... Carol Lester
Doug Johnson Doug Johnson ... Stewart
Dermott Downs ... Danny Lester
Jim Raymond Jim Raymond ... Mr. Doherty (as Jim B. Raymond)
Penny Kunard Penny Kunard ... Mrs. Doherty
Sandy Ward ... Telly Curran
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A successful public relations man's refusal to admit his alcoholism jeopardizes his career, his family and his life.

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Sure, Charlie, you can handle alcohol. But what happened to your job? What happened to your wife and family? What happened to those hopes and dreams? How come you can't stop drinking, Charlie? Why don't you admit you're an alcoholic?

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Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wolper Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Because few knew about his real life struggles with alcohol, Dick asked producer David Wolper why he wanted him to star in a film with such dark subject matter. Wolper explained to Van Dyke that he fit the image of a "average, middle-aged, middle-class family man." See more »

Quotes

Rudy King: [after Charlie has attended an important meeting while hung over] I'm not going to mince words, Charlie. We've known each other too long for that. You were a disgrace this morning; I can still smell the liquor on your breath. I don't know how many of those men knew you were hung over, but I certainly did.
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Soundtracks

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
(uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
Sung by Dick Van Dyke, Lynn Carlin, Penny Kunard and Jim Raymond
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devastating portrayal - great performance
12 December 1998 | by jem-7See all my reviews

Even though I haven't seen this movie since it was first shown in 1974 I still recall much of it vividly. Dick Van Dyke gives the performance of his life as an alcoholic, self-hating man who just can't accept the help he needs to get better. For anyone who has seen it, the last scene is just chilling and unforgettable. One of the best tv movies ever made.


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