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Playhouse 90: Requiem for a Heavyweight

After his crooked manager sells him out, a boxer quits the ring and struggles to find meaning in his life. An understanding employment counselor tries to help him.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 56-2
Airdate: Thursday October 11th, 1956

Director: Ralph Nelson
Writer: Rod Serling

Guest Stars
Edgar StehliEdgar Stehli
As Doctor
Jack PalanceJack Palance
As Harlan 'Mountain' McClintock
Keenan WynnKeenan Wynn
As Maish Rennick
Kim HunterKim Hunter
As Grace Carney
Lyn OsbornLyn Osborn
As Photographer
Ned GlassNed Glass
As Bartender
Ed WynnEd Wynn
As Army
Frank RichardsFrank Richards
As Fighter in Bar
Joe AbdullahJoe Abdullah
As Fight Announcer
Max BaerMax Baer
As Mike
Stanley AdamsStanley Adams
As Parelli
Episode Notes
Ralph Nelson (Best Director), Rod Serling (Best Writer), Jack Palance (Best Actor), and Ed Wynn (Best Supporting Actor) all won Emmys for their work on this episode. Requeim for a Heavyweight also won Emmys for Best Single Program of the Year and Best Art Direction.

This teleplay was made into a movie in 1962 with Anthony Quinn as Mountain, Jackie Gleason as Rennick, and Mickey Rooney as Army. The character of Mountain McClintock was renamed Mountain Rivera in the film possibly due to Quinn's Hispanic heritage.

Ed and Keenan Wynn were father and son in real life.

Kim Hunter's role as Grace Carney in this teleplay would be played by Julie Harris in the movie version.

Kim Hunter makes her first of eight appearances on Playhouse 90 in this episode. That's the most in show history. Ms. Hunter won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1950 for A Streetcar Named Desire.

Max Baer was a real life heavyweight boxing champion.

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