'Requiem for a Heavyweight' and 'The Man in the Funny Suit'
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater
Rod Serling: Other Dimensions
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$9 General Admission.
Free admission on 8/26, 9/8
Playhouse 90: "Requiem for a Heavyweight" (CBS, 10/11/56): Serling’s virtuosity depicting men under pressure reached its zenith with this live teleplay, later adapted as a feature film. The drama seethes with pathos in its portrait of the indignity that befalls a small-time boxer, used up and discarded by his exploitative handlers. The intense scenario offeredwrenching parts to its leading cast, and coaxed a heartbreaking turn from Jack Palance as a man cruelly left with seemingly no future.
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse: "The Man in the Funny Suit" (CBS, 4/15/60): Comedian Ed Wynn, his son, actor, Keenan Wynn, and Rod Serling appear as themselves in this backstage docudrama about the making of "Playhouse 90: Requiem for a Heavyweight.” As rehearsals for the live "Requiem" falter, production concerns mount when it appears that comedian Ed Wynn (best known as “The Perfect Fool”) might be miscast in his first dramatic role.
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