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Days of Wine and Roses
Director: Blake Edwards (Dir)
Release Date:   1962
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles opening: 26 Dec 1962
Duration (in mins):   117
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Cast:   Jack Lemmon (Joe Clay)  
    Lee Remick (Kirsten Arnesen)  
    Charles Bickford (Ellis Arnesen)  
    Jack Klugman (Jim Hungerford)  
    Alan Hewitt (Leland)  
    Tom Palmer (Ballefoy)  
    Debbie Megowan (Debbie Clay)  
    Maxine Stuart (Dottie)  
    Jack Albertson (Trayner)  
    Ken Lynch (Liquor store proprietor)  
    Katherine Squire (Mrs. Nolan)  
    Gail Bonney (Gladys)  
    Mary Benoit    
    Ella Ethridge    
    Rita Kenaston    
    J. Pat O'Malley    
    Robert "Buddy" Shaw    
    Al Paige (Tenants)  
    Doc Stortt    
    Rus Bennett    
    Dick Crockett (Boors)  
    Roger Barrett (Abe)  
    Jack Railey (Waiter)  
    Lisa Guiraut (Belly dancer)  
    Carl Arnold (Loud man)  
    Tom Rosqui (Bettor)  
    Barbara Hines    
    Charlene Holt (Guests)  

Summary: Joe Clay, a hard-working, hard-drinking public relations man in San Francisco, meets Kirsten Arnesen, a young secretary who adores chocolate but hates liquor. Joe, however, quickly converts her to drink, and within a few months after their marriage, she is able to match him drink for drink. After losing five jobs within the next 4 years, Joe decides that he and Kirsten must go on the wagon. They move in with Kirsten's father at his nursery and stay off alcohol for several weeks. But one night they go on a monumental bender, and Joe, after destroying the greenhouse looking for a bottle he has hidden, ends up in a hospital drying-out tank. Hungerford, an ex-addict, encourages him to join Alcoholics Anonymous, but he is lured back to drink by Kirsten. Realizing that they are doomed as long as she refuses to admit to her alcoholism, Joe takes their child and moves into another apartment. With the help of AA, he is able to reestablish his career and regain his self-respect. One night Kirsten visits him and begs to be taken back, but Joe sends her away when she refuses to give up drinking. 

Production Company: Jalem Productions, Inc.  
  Martin Manulis  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures  
Director: Blake Edwards (Dir)
  Carter DeHaven Jr. (Asst dir)
  Jack Cunningham (Asst dir)
  William F. Sheehan (Asst dir)
Producer: Martin Manulis (Prod)
Writer: J. P. Miller (Wrt)
Photography: Philip H. Lathrop (Dir of photog)
  Richard H. Kline (Cam op)
  Cliff King (Asst cam)
  Gerald Finnerman (Asst cam)
Art Direction: Joseph Wright (Art dir)
Film Editor: Patrick McCormack (Film ed)
Set Decoration: George James Hopkins (Set dec)
Costumes: Don Feld (Cost)
  Forrest T. Butler (Ward)
  Florence Crewell (Ward)
Music: Henry Mancini (Mus)
Sound: Jack Solomon (Sd)
  Russell Ashley (Mix)
  Ora Hudson (Boom op)
  Robert Dunning (Cable)
Special Effects: Horace L. Hulburd (Spec eff)
Make Up: Gordon Bau (Makeup supv)
  Henry Villardo (Makeup)
  Hal Lierley (Makeup)
  Jean Burt Reilly (Hairstyles)
  Myrl Stoltz (Hairstyles)
Production Misc: Jack McEdward (Unit mgr)
  Betty Abbott (Scr supv)
  James Lanphier (Dial supv)
  Sherman Clark (Stills)
  Lee Wilson (Gaffer)
  William Classen (Grip)
  Malcolm Matheson (Grip)
  Robert Turner (Prop)
  Ben Greenberg (Prop)
Country: United States

Songs: "Days of Wine and Roses," words and music by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini.
Composer: Henry Mancini
  Johnny Mercer
Source Text: Based on the teleplay "Days of Wine and Roses" by J. P. Miller on Playhouse 90 (CBS, 2 Oct 1958).
Authors: J. P. Miller

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Martin Manulis 30/11/1962 dd/mm/yyyy LP27113

Genre: Drama
Subjects (Major): Alcoholics Anonymous
  Nurseries (Horticulture)
  Public relations
  San Francisco (CA)

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