Classic Television Thursday #003 – Playhouse 90: Requiem For A Heavyweight (1956)

(Yes, I know, this is a little late going up this week, but here it is, nonetheless.)

p90Last week, in writing about the Twilight Zone episode “The Obsolete Man”, I stated about Rod Serling “[E]ven if the only thing he ever wrote was Requiem for a Heavyweight, he would still be worth remembering today.”

Actually, Serling wrote two versions of the story, one for the television anthology program Playhouse 90 in 1956, the second as a stand-alone feature film which was produced in 1962.

The Playhouse 90 version, which, since this is a classic television feature, is the one I’ll share with you today, features a number of notable names, including Jack Palance in the lead as Harlan ‘Mountain’ McClintock, Other notables include Kim Hunter, Ed Wynn, Keenan Wynn, Max Baer, and Eddie Cantor.

Those who have seen the movie version will note that this production is quite a bit different, including a much more upbeat ending.

By the way, it should also be noted that this show was broadcast live, with the commercial segments used to cover costume and set changes.


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