Dipsomania Week! continues at Trailers from Hell with filmmaker Dan Ireland introducing Blake Edwards’ “Days of Wine and Roses,” starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick.
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 Lemmon, an actor with drinking
problems of his own, who suggested director Blake Edwards to succeed the
original’s John Frankenheimer. 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.