The Sorrows Of Drink In The Original “Days of Wine and Roses”

Written by JP Miller, Days of Wine and Roses (1958) was a Playhouse 90 TV movie before it was remade as a theatrical movie.  Though technically crude, it is a memorably strong drama about the ruination of sought-after social mobility by alcoholism.  Joe and Kirsten are the broken, hard-drinking couple, and, social mobility or not, Kirsten can only see the world around her as a “dirty” place without getting drunk. Of the two, she is the more vulnerable and myopic.

The picture was well directed by John FrankenheimerCliff Robertson is a natural for the part of Joe.  His acting is nigh effortless, whereas with Piper Laurie (Kirsten) we do see the effort.  Laurie is inconsistently convincing, but—interestingly—she does manage to be deep.  A psyche is there. . .

I’m glad I finally saw Days (on DVD) after all these years, and, yep, I’m sticking with the original.

JP Miller

JP Miller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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