CBS Playhouse: 'The Final War of Olly Winter' (1/29/67)
Friday, March 8, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater
UCLA Festival of Preservation
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General admission: $9.00. Non-UCLA students*, seniors, UCLA Alumni Association members (ID required): $8.00. UCLA students (current ID required): free.
CBS Playhouse: 'The Final War of Olly Winter' (CBS, 1/29/67), directed by Paul Bogart: Produced as the premiere presentation of the ambitious late-1960s television anthology CBS Playhouse, playwright Ronald Ribman’s poetic teleplay, “The Final War of Olly Winter” represents an exceptional showcase of Dixon’s considerable skills as an actor.
In one of the earliest television dramas to realistically portray the trauma of the Vietnam War, Dixon stars as the titular character, a career soldier who is the lone survivor when his platoon is ambushed.
As Winter attempts to make his way back to friendly territory he encounters a young Vietnamese woman and the two strike an uneasy bond. Though she does not speak English, Winter and the young woman must learn to communicate with each other as they trek through dangerous jungle terrain (actually, an inventive indoor set at CBS Television City).
The New York Daily News hailed the experimental production, as “a haunting, mordant work of infinite pathos, with a memorable virtuoso performance by Ivan Dixon.” The special was nominated for five Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Dramatic Program.
For his poignant work, Dixon earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama.