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 ... 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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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 »

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Army: [Crying] Tell me, why is it so many people have to feed off of one guy's misery? Doesn't it... Tell me Maish, doesn't it make you wanna die?
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9 December 2018 | by richardkosstrin-66116See all my reviews

Rod Serling's work speaks for itself. Watch this masterpiece of live television and you will appreciate the artist that he was.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1956 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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