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My Name Is Bill W. ()


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The story of Bill Wilson and the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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  • Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 9 nominations.
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Bill Wilson
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Lois 'Lo' Wilson
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Dr. Bob
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Ebby
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Frank Shaw
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Dr. Jeremy Partlin
Ray Reinhardt ...
Dr. Silkworth
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Dr. Burnham
Rick Warner ...
Bill D.
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Fred
Susan Duchow ...
Adele
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Charley
Mark Joy ...
Guy Kolb
William Aylward ...
Controller (as Bill Aylward)
Richard Travis ...
Stockquoter
Mike McBlair ...
Mayflower Clerk
Wally Doyle ...
Mayflower Bartender
Norman Aronovic ...
Hospital Attendant
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Chief Engineer (as Bruce Morrow)
Catherine Shaffner ...
Head Nurse
Celia Clark ...
Nurse
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Soldier #1
Walter Borchert ...
Soldier #2
Daniel K. Moore ...
Soldier #3
Jim Scopelitis ...
Pete
Jack Garner ...
Zack
William Borchert ...
Wade
Norman Max Maxwell ...
Casey
Rick Marshall ...
Artie
Belle Doughty ...
Ellen
Bev Appleton ...
Hank
David Frisinger ...
Shorty
Bill Sullivan ...
Michael
Meredith Strange-Boston ...
Dorothy Strong
John Badila ...
Leonard Strong
Margo Tully ...
Henrietta Seiberling
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Anne Smith
Joseph P. McCartney ...
Customer
Chris Bass-Randolph ...
Norene
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Lottie
Kweli Leapart ...
Lizzie
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Stockbroker (uncredited)
Anthony Harbour ...
Man in train station (uncredited)
Steven Mehler ...
Man Walking From (uncredited)

Directed by

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Daniel Petrie

Written by

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William G. Borchert ... (written by)

Produced by

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Peter K. Duchow ... executive producer
James Garner ... executive producer
Daniel Petrie ... producer
Paul Rubell ... associate producer

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Laurence Rosenthal

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Neil Roach

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Paul Rubell
John Wright

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Sally Dixon ... negative cutter
Dan Muscarella ... color timer

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Fred Harpman

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Richard Spero

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April Ferry

Production Management

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Dick Gallegly ... executive in charge of production / unit production manager

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Donald Hauer ... first assistant director (as Don Hauer)
Sandra M. Middleton ... second assistant director
Patricia Dyer Walden ... second second assistant director (as Patricia Ann Dyer)

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Richard Blankenship ... construction coordinator
Terry Clark ... set dresser
Jennifer DeBell ... scenic artist
Ted Haigh ... signwriter
Sosie Hublitz ... set dresser
Frank Irving ... property master
Channing Mentzer ... construction foreman (as Thomas C. Mentzer)

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Gregg Barbanell ... foley artist
Doug Botnick ... re-recording mixer
Norval D. Crutcher III ... sound effects editor
Norval D. Crutcher ... supervising sound editor
Tom Gunn ... supervising sound editor
Walter Hoylman ... sound mixer
Jeffrey Perkins ... re-recording mixer
John T. Reitz ... re-recording mixer
Glenn Young ... sound utility

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Dwight Benjamin-Creel ... special effects coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert Driskell ... gaffer
Charles A. Harris ... electrician
Robert Horne ... camera operator
Tony Poston ... key grip
David P. Shannon ... electrician
Jean Whiteside ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lois DeArmond ... costume illustrator
William Smith ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Charles Thomas Baxter ... location manager
Andy Edmunds ... location assistant
John Marston ... location projectionist (uncredited)

Music Department

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Bunny Andrews ... music editor (as Bunny K. Andrews)
Steven Bramson ... orchestrator

Script and Continuity Department

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Jan Evans ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

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Gwendolyn Glenn ... choreographer
Anthony Harbour ... paramedic
Martha Yates ... production coordinator
Carter Alsop ... stand-in (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

This film reconstructs the true story of stockbroker William Griffith Wilson, a World War I veteran whose small drinking problem becomes a serious addiction after he loses his fortune in the stock market collapse of 1929. Wilson's career and his domestic life are in tatters when he meets Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith also struggling with a drinking problem. The two form a support group that becomes the basis for the organization Alcoholics Anonymous. Written by Jwelch5742

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Also Known As
  • Hallmark Hall of Fame: My Name Is Bill W. (#38.3) (United States)
  • Mi nombre es Bill W. (Spain)
  • Meu nome é Bill Wilson (Brazil)
  • Моето име е Бил У. (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • O valor da vida (Brazil)
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  • 100 min
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Trivia This was a Hallmark Hall of Fame production. When it aired on ABC on April 30, 1988, Bill's widow Lois B. Wilson had just died only a few months before. Lois W., co-founder of the Al-Anon Family Groups (for families and friends of problem drinkers), died on October 5, 1988 at age 97. See more »
Goofs 1935 Mayflower Hotel scene has Gershwin's "Love is Here to Stay" playing in background while this song was released in 1938. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951). See more »
Quotes Bill Wilson: It's like any journey, Fred. It begins with the first step.
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