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The golden age of television. / Disc 3, The comedian ; Days of wine and roses

Author: Rod SerlingMartin ManulisKeenan WynnKim HunterJohn FrankenheimerAll authors
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2009]
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 495.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English
Database:WorldCat
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The comedian: Mickey Rooney stars as a raging, tyrannical TV star stepping on anyone on his way to the top, including his browbeaten brother (Mel Torme), despairing wife (Kim Hunter), and washed-up scriptwriter (Edmond O'Brien). Powerfully directed by John Frankenheimer from a script adapted for the screen by Rod Serling, The Comedian is a volatile glimpse behind the showbiz curtain.
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Genre/Form: Television programs
Televised plays
Fiction television programs
Live television programs
Television adaptations
Television comedies
Sports television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Drama
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Rod Serling; Martin Manulis; Keenan Wynn; Kim Hunter; John Frankenheimer; Mickey Rooney; Edmond O'Brien; Mel Tormé; Cliff Robertson; Piper Laurie; Charles Bickford; J P Miller; Ernest Lehman; Fred Coe; Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604651782 1604651784
OCLC Number: 701552972
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: A booklet featuring an essay by curator Ron Simon and his extensive liner notes on each program.
Collective title from container and disc label.
The comedian from a novelette by Ernest Lehman.
The comedian originally broadcast on Playhouse 90, February 14, 1957 ; Days of wine and roses originally broadcast on Playhouse 90, October 2, 1958.
Features: commentaries by directors John Frankenheimer, Delbert Mann, Ralph Nelson, and Daniel Petrie ; interviews with select cast and crew, including Frankenheimer, Andy Griffith, Julie Harris, Kim Hunter, Richard Kiley, Piper Laurie, Nancy Marchand, Jack Palance, Cliff Robertson, Mickey Rooney, Carol Serling, Rod Steiger, and Mel Tormé. Booklet featuring an essay by curator Ron Simon and his extensive liner notes on each program.
Kinescopes of the original live productions; curated by PBS for the series The golden age of television.
Credits: The comedian: written for Playhouse 90 by Rod Serling ; directed by John Frankenheimer ; from the novelette by Ernest Lehman ; produced by Martin Manulis.
Days of wine and roses: directed by John Frankenheimer ; produced by Fred Coe ; written for Playhouse 90 by JP Miller.
Cast: The comedian: Mickey Rooney, Kim Hunter, Edmond O'Brien, Mel Tormé.
Days of wine and roses: Cliff Robertson, Piper Laurie, Charles Bickford.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (154 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, NTSC ; Dolby digital mono ; full screen (1.33:1) presentation.
Contents: The comedian / written by Rod Serling ; directed by John Frankenheimer ; produced by Martin Manulis ; Playhouse 90 (1957 ; 74 min.) --
Days of wine and roses / written by JP Miller ; directed by John Frankenheimer ; produced by Fred Coe ; Playhouse 90 (1958 ; 80 min.).
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 495.
Other Titles: Comedian.
Days of wine and roses.
Playhouse 90.
Playhouse 90.
Responsibility: the Criterion Collection.

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The comedian: Mickey Rooney stars as a raging, tyrannical TV star stepping on anyone on his way to the top, including his browbeaten brother (Mel Torme), despairing wife (Kim Hunter), and washed-up scriptwriter (Edmond O'Brien). Powerfully directed by John Frankenheimer from a script adapted for the screen by Rod Serling, The Comedian is a volatile glimpse behind the showbiz curtain.

Days of wine and roses: A young married couple falls into a downward spiral of alcoholism and self-destruction in writer JP Miller's devastating Days of Wine and Roses. Masterfully directed by John Frankenheimer, this acclaimed production features riveting performances from Piper Laurie, Cliff Robertson, and Charles Bickford.

"The hugely popular live American television plays of the 1950s have become the stuff of legend. Combining elements of theater, radio, and filmmaking, they were produced at a moment when TV technology was growing more mobile and art was being made accessible to a newly suburban postwar demographic. These astonishingly choreographed, brilliantly acted, and socially progressive "teleplays" constituted an artistic high for the medium, bringing Broadway-quality drama to all of America"--Container.

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