Days of Wine and Roses (1962) & Crime in the Streets (1956)

Golden Age Television Writers on the Big Screen


Saturday, July 22, 2017
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Advance tickets are available online for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office beginning one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.

Writers Guild of America members receive free admission to this series at the box office!


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Days of Wine and Roses (1962) screenplay by J.P. Miller. Originally produced as an episode of Playhouse 90, the acclaimed feature adaptation of J.P. Miller's haunting love story concerning a young couple devastated by alcoholism marks an early dramatic role for comedic star Jack Lemmon. Test audiences for the film, expecting lighter fare due to the top billing of Lemmon, reportedly walked out of preview screenings due to the grim, realistic nature of the work. Lemmon, along with co-star Lee Remick would both go on to to be nominated for Academy Awards for their harrowing performances. Equally memorable is the title track by composer Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer, which was awarded the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1963.

Followed by Crime in the Streets (1956) screenplay by Reginald Rose. Reginald Rose's feature adaptation of his teleplay for the live anthology series The Elgin Hour carried over two notable cast members from the TV version, stars John Cassavetes and Mark Rydell. Rose's social drama foregrounds its young ensemble, including Sal Mineo, in an attempt to forgo exploitation trends of the day to realistically examine issues of juvenile delinquency and gang violence from the view of the street. Director Don Siegel, hot off of his of his landmark classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), imbues the low-budget urban tale (originally staged on TV by Sidney Lumet) with trademark grit and intensity.

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