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Days of Wine and Roses (Warner 1962, Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick)



Biting drama about a young couple’s struggle with alcoholism. Edwards gives Lemmon plenty of room–the production is more naturalistic than the original teleplay–and he makes the best of it. Excellent score by Mancini, and the title song became a hit. The Playhouse 90 teleplay was directed by John Frankenheimer and starred Cliff Robertson and Piper Laurie.

Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick, who so memorably costarred here reunited 18 years later for the 1980 film Tribute, in which Lemmon plays a terminally ill Broadway press agent and Remick appears as his ex-wife.

Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best Actor: Jack Lemmon; Best Actress: Lee Remick, Jack Albertson, Charles Bickford, Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick

production details
USA | Warner Bros. | 117 minutes | 1962

Director: Blake Edwards
Producer: Martin Manulis
Cinematography: Philip Lathrop
Editor: Patrick McCormack
Music: Henry Mancini
Script: J.P. Miller
Production Design: Joseph C. Wright

Jack Lemmon as Joe Clay
Lee Remick as Kirsten Arnesen Clay
Jack Klugman as Jim Hungerford
Tom Palmer as Ballefoy
Charles Bickford as Ellis Arnesen
Alan Hewitt as Rad Leland
Debbie Megowan as Debbie Clay
Maxine Stuart as Dottie
Jack Albertson as Trayner
Arthur Tovey as Party Guest (uncredited)
Bert Stevens as Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Riley as Waiter (uncredited)
Tom Rosqui as Bettor (uncredited)
James Gonzalez as Party Guest (uncredited)
Mathew McCue as Alcoholics Anonymous Member (uncredited)
Doye O’Dell as Charlie Deans (uncredited)
Gail Bonney as Gladys (uncredited)
Don Anderson as Party Guest (uncredited)
Harold Miller as Party Guest (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp as Party Guest (uncredited)
Leon Alton as Party Guest (uncredited)
Lynn Borden as Party Guest (uncredited)
George DeNormand as Party Guest (uncredited)
Barbara Hines as Guest (uncredited)
Charlene Holt as Guest (uncredited)
Mary Benoit as Tenant (uncredited)
Ella Ethridge as Tenant (uncredited)
Pat O’Malley as Tenant (uncredited)
Mel Blanc as Cartoons (voice) (uncredited)
Dick Crockett as Boor (uncredited)
Russell Custer as Alcoholics Anonymous Member (uncredited)
Jennifer Edwards as Debbie Clay at Age 5 (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks as Attendant (uncredited)
James Lanphier as Prince (uncredited)
Ken Lynch as Proprietor (uncredited)
Olan Soule as Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Katherine Squire as Mrs. Nolan (uncredited)
Charles Watts as Landry (uncredited)
Russ Bender as (uncredited)
John Bard Manulis as (uncredited)
Leoda Richards as Party Guest