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The Lost Weekend (16-Nov-1945)

Director: Billy Wilder

Writers: Charles Brackett; Billy Wilder

From novel: The Lost Weekend by Charles R. Jackson

Music Score: Miklos Rozsa

Producer: Charles Brackett

Keywords: Drama, Film Noir, Alcoholism, New York

Four grim days in the life of a chronic alcoholic. Perhaps the most powerful film to cover this subject. Adaptation of Charles R. Jackson's novel, which he based on experiences from his own life (he later committed suicide). Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Screenplay; received additional nominations for Best Editing and Best Dramatic Score. Won also the Grand Prix at Cannes. Entered 2011 into the National Film Registry.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Doris Dowling
Actor
15-May-1923 18-Jun-2004 The Lost Weekend
Frank Faylen
Actor
8-Dec-1905 2-Aug-1985 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Ray Milland
Actor
3-Jan-1907 10-Mar-1986 The Lost Weekend
Frank Orth
Actor
21-Feb-1880 17-Mar-1962 Insp. Faraday on Boston Blackie
Howard Da Silva
Actor
4-May-1909 16-Feb-1986 Bartender in The Lost Weekend
Jane Wyman
Actor
5-Jan-1917 10-Sep-2007 Falcon Crest

CAST

Ray Milland   ...   Don Birnam
Jane Wyman   ...   Helen St. James
with
Phillip Terry   ...   Wick Birnam
Howard Da Silva   ...   Nat (bartender)
Doris Dowling   ...   Gloria
Frank Faylen   ...   Bim (male nurse)
Mary Young   ...   Mrs. Deveridge (landlady)
Anita Bolster   ...   Mrs. Foley (cleaning woman)
Lilian Fontaine   ...   Mrs. St. James
Frank Orth   ...   Opera Attendant
Lewis L. Russell   ...   Charles St. James

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