Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Philip Terry
Don Birnam (Ray Milland) is a New York author struggling with years of alcoholism and writer’s block. Defying his straight-laced brother Wick (Philip Terry) and devoted girlfriend Helen (Jane Wyman), Don embarks on a four-day binge, spiralling towards rock bottom.
Crackling with rapier dialogue, vivid performances and Wilder’s superlative direction, this brutal noir provided one of cinema’s first in-depth studies of addiction - horrifying the studio, test audiences and temperance groups, but finding huge success and becoming the awards sensation of its year.
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