Playwrights '56 (1955– )
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Wandering around America, young Nick Adams encounters a washed-up punch-drunk boxer known as "The Battler".

Director:

Arthur Penn

Writers:

Sidney Carroll (adaptation), Ernest Hemingway (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Richard Collier Richard Collier ... Truck Driver
Marty Green Marty Green ... Counterman
Phyllis Kirk ... Girl Friend
Dewey Martin ... Nick Adams
Bill McLean ... Jailer (as William McLean)
Ben Miller Ben Miller ... Tough
Irving Mitchell Irving Mitchell ... Brakeman
Paul Newman ... Ad Francis
Frederick O'Neal Frederick O'Neal ... Bugs
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Wandering around America, young Nick Adams encounters a washed-up punch-drunk boxer known as "The Battler".

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1955 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Showcase Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Newman repeated his acclaimed role as "The Battler" six years later in the feature film, "Hemingway's Adventures Of A Young Man", directed by Martin Ritt. See more »

Connections

Remake of Omnibus (1952) See more »

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A heartbreaking performance
16 July 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

I haven't yet seen it, but 'Ernest Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man' was made seven years after 'The Battler' as a more thorough version of the story, based on Hemingway's collection of short stories featuring the character Nick Adams. This one-hour television special was created as part of the Playwright '56 program, and as this episode was released the year before 'Somebody Up There Likes Me', it was the perfect audition for Paul Newman to show off his acting chops.

Originally a short story written in 1925, 'The Battler' follows a young drifter as he runs away from home. He hitchhikes, rides a train, and learns a homeless man's tragic story. I don't want to spoil too much, but if you liked 'Somebody Up There Likes Me', you need to watch this (or the longer 1962 version). Paul Newman gives a heartbreaking performance. I'm not just trying to give a good review; I actually cried. I look forward to watching the 1962 movie, since Newman reprises his role in the film, and I hear it's just as emotional a performance.


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