Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
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Requiem for a Heavyweight 

An over-the-hill heavyweight boxing champion who suffers from the ravages of years of head trauma is exploited by his manager, despite the efforts of a compassionate young woman who tries to help him recover his self-respect.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writer:

Rod Serling
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Palance ... Harlan 'Mountain' McClintock
Keenan Wynn ... Maish Rennick
Kim Hunter ... Grace Carney
Ed Wynn ... Army
Max Baer ... Mike
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Steve (as Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom)
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ... Doctor
Stanley Adams ... Pirelli
Harry Landers ... Fox
Charles Herbert ... Jeffrey
Ned Glass ... Bartender
Frank Richards ... Fighter in Bar
Lyn Osborn Lyn Osborn ... Photographer
Joe Abdullah Joe Abdullah ... Fight Announcer
Ivan Rasputin Ivan Rasputin ... Wrestler
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An over-the-hill heavyweight boxing champion who suffers from the ravages of years of head trauma is exploited by his manager, despite the efforts of a compassionate young woman who tries to help him recover his self-respect.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Because Ed Wynn kept flubbing his lines during rehearsal, there was serious concern that he wouldn't be prepared to do a live drama. Consequently, Ned Glass, who played the minor role of a bartender, secretly learned the part of Army and rehearsed privately with Jack Palance and Keenan Wynn. In the end, Ed Wynn went on and delivered a solid performance. The making of this drama was later depicted in Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse: The Man in the Funny Suit (1960), which was likewise directed by Ralph Nelson. See more »

Quotes

Harlan 'Mountain' McClintock: [Notices Grace glancing at the old boxers chatting loudly in the bar] Oh, that' goes on all the time around here. Maesh says this part of the room is the graveyard. And these guys spend their time dying in here. You know, fighting their lives away inside their heads. That's what Maesh says.
Grace Carney: That's pretty sad.
Harlan 'Mountain' McClintock: Yeah, I suppose it is.
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A washed up man finds a friend in an unexpected place
12 November 2007 | by revtg1-2See all my reviews

TV was never better than this and never got any better later. As soon as the credits were shown Rod Serling's phone never stopped ringing. But what amazed me was I discovered Jack Palance was one hell of an actor. It's a great story but without him it would just have floated instead of soared. After SHANE I figured he'd make good, ugly background for gritty movies, not much else. Great supporting cast. Palance is a prize fighter who almost makes it, then is tossed away like all fighters who don't measure up. His handlers, Ed Wynn and his son Keenan, dump the washed up fighter and he hits the streets, untrained, uneducated and seemingly unemployable. In a final act of desperation he goes to the state employment office. A feel good ending ensues. If you haven't seen it, do so. Feel good movies are hard to come by anymore.


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