Requiem for a Heavyweight, 1956 – ★★★★

A marvellous version of the play which became a better-known movie starring Anthony Quinn a few years later.

This story of a washed-up boxer (Jack Palance), his promoter (Keenan Wynn), and his medical man (Ed Wynn, in a rare straight role) is a beautifully played live drama, written by Rod Serling and directed by Ralph Nelson.

One of the greatest pleasures of this version of the play is watching the Wynns, father and son, work together, and especially Keenan, who has rarely been better than he is here as the manager who takes a bribe.

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