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Sweet Bird of Youth (21-Mar-1962)

Director: Richard Brooks

Writer: Richard Brooks

From a play: Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams

Producer: Pandro S. Berman

Keywords: Drama

Meandering gigolo golddigger Chance Wayne hooks up with fading and perpetually drunken film star Alexandra Del Lago; the pair return to Chance's hometown where he wants to get back together with his ex-girlfriend Heavenly, who is also the daughter of the town's political boss. Ed Begley won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor; the film received additional nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Charles Arnt
20-Aug-1906 6-Aug-1990 Remember the Night
Barry Atwater
16-May-1918 24-May-1978 The Night Stalker
Ed Begley, Sr.
25-Mar-1901 28-Apr-1970 Juror #10 in 12 Angry Men
Mildred Dunnock
25-Jan-1901 5-Jul-1991 Death of a Salesman
Shirley Knight
5-Jul-1936   Sweet Bird of Youth
Paul Newman
26-Jan-1925 26-Sep-2008 Salad dressing magnate
Geraldine Page
22-Nov-1924 13-Jun-1987 Toys in the Attic
Dub Taylor
26-Feb-1907 3-Oct-1994 Bonnie and Clyde
Rip Torn
6-Feb-1931   Arthur on The Larry Sanders Show


Paul Newman   ...   Chance Wayne
Geraldine Page   ...   Alexandra Del Lago
Shirley Knight   ...   Heavenly Finley
Ed Begley, Sr.   ...   Boss Finley
Rip Torn   ...   Thomas J. Finley, Jr.
Mildred Dunnock   ...   Aunt Nonnie
Madeleine Sherwood   ...   Miss Lucy
Philip Abbott   ...   Dr. George Scudder
Corey Allen   ...   Scotty
Barry Cahill   ...   Bud
Dub Taylor   ...   Dan Hatcher
James Douglas   ...   Leroy
Barry Atwater   ...   Ben Jackson
Charles Arnt   ...   Mayor Henricks
Dorothy Konrad   ...   Mrs. Maribelle Norris
James Chandler   ...   Prof. Brutus H. Smith
Mike Steen   ...   Deputy
Kelly Thordsen   ...   Sheriff Clark


Review by Tennessee Williams (posted on 10-Jan-2009)

Tennessee at his decadent best. The performance of Geraldine Page is so over the top it's classic camp, she's just devine. Paul Newman so beautiful at this time in his life, it was like looking at a grecian GOD. There has been no one to replace Tennesee Williams even with the constraints of the cinema in those years you could never forget one of his screen plays. Can you just imagine Cat On A Hot Tin Roof being performed today with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman with all the censored words left in?

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