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The Days of Wine and Roses

Released 1962
Distributor Warner Bros.

J.P. Miller’s grueling 1958 Playhouse 90 teleplay was brought to the screen in 1962 by its original producer Martin Manulis. Original star Cliff Robertson was replaced by Jack Lemmon, an actor with drinking problems of his own, who suggested director Blake Edwards to succeed the original’s John Frankenheimer. Lee Remick replaced Piper Laurie and Charles Bickford was the only actor imported from the tv version. Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer’s Oscar winning title song became a standard.

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About Dan Ireland

Dan Ireland loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing on April 14, 2016.

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