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The Iceman Cometh (1960)

Theodore Hickman, a hardware salesman, makes by-yearly visits to Harry Hope's 1910-era waterfront bar for his periodical drinking binges. But on this visit he has decided to try to save the bar's patrons from their "lying pipe dreams."

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Sidney Lumet

Writer:

Eugene O'Neill (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Theodore 'Hickey' Hickman
Myron McCormick Myron McCormick ... Larry Slade
Tom Pedi ... Rocky
James Broderick ... Willie Oban
Farrell Pelly Farrell Pelly ... Harry Hope
Robert Redford ... Don Parritt
Ronald Radd ... The Captain
Roland Winters ... The General (Piet Wetjoen)
Harrison Dowd Harrison Dowd ... Jimmy Tomorrow
Michael Strong ... Chuck
Sorrell Booke ... Hugo
Maxwell Glanville Maxwell Glanville ... Joe Mott
Charles White ... Pat
Walter Klavun Walter Klavun ... Ed Mosher
Hildy Brooks Hildy Brooks ... Margie (as Hilda Brawner)
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Theodore Hickman, a hardware salesman, makes by-yearly visits to Harry Hope's 1910-era waterfront bar for his periodical drinking binges. But on this visit he has decided to try to save the bar's patrons from their "lying pipe dreams."

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Eismann kommt See more »

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CBS See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 segments)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "The Iceman Cometh" by Eugene O'Neill opened at the Martin Beck Theater on October 9, 1946 and ran for 136 performances. The play had revivals in 1973/1974 and 1999. See more »

Goofs

In act four during one of Hickey's recollections he says about coming home one day - "into her home which I kept so spotless and clean". The actual line should read - "into her home, where *she* kept everything so spotless and clean". See more »

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Referenced in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: The Iceman Goeth (1962) See more »

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My favorite play and production
4 January 2000 | by dforsterSee all my reviews

In May of 1999, I commented on the 1973 version because this great version was not yet posted in the IMDb. I have recently returned to the IMDb and am pleased to see this here - (I congratulate the IMDb staff).

I stated before that I found this version better even though the 1973 version is also excellent. Robards deservedly owns the role of Hickey. I also have seen the play on Broadway and find this TV production awfully close or equal to the Broadway production experience. In addition, while reading this play after seeing the TV production, I found myself feeling the same vividness and excitement as watching it. Nothing was lost and in some ways, the experience was even better. If you want to see what I believe is the greatest American play, try to get your hands on this version. I would appreciate if you also let me know how - a fan helped me out and I now have a copy - the IMDb serves us well.

I just saw the Kennedy Center honoring of Jason Robards Jr. and seeing just a short cut of this Hickey performance confirmed my wish to have the chance to see this TV "Play of the Week" version again and again.


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