Thursday, March 7, 2013

Five Alarm YouTube Alert.

The Ted Kotcheff (First Blood, Wake in Fright)-directed 1966 TV film Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn? has hit the internet.

Based on a John Le Carr√© story, Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn? stars James Mason as a West German who must escort his father's coffin back home from the Eastern Bloc... and smuggle some jewelry in if he can. 

It's short and punchy and, at 45 minutes, one of those bite-sized TV movies you don't see much anymore. Kotcheff was a master of the form, check out his The Human Voice for another of his for-TV classics from the same anthology program, ABC Stage 67. 

That series, which only ran one season, produced the memorable Sondheim/Tony Perkins collaboration Evening Primrose and the lovely Frank and Eleanor Perry adaptation of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory, so I'm starting to suspect it was one of those quietly great anthology programs due for a reappraisal.

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