All Fall Down (1962)

111 mins | Drama | 28 March 1962

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writer:

William Inge

Producer:

John Houseman

Cinematographer:

Lionel Lindon

Production Designers:

George W. Davis, Preston Ames

Production Company:

John Houseman Productions
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HISTORY

The 14 Sep 1960 Var announced the second printing of James Leo Herlihy’s bestselling 1960 novel. Domestic motion picture rights were purchased by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) for $150,000. As stated in the 12 Sep 1960 LAT, producer John Houseman hired renowned playwright William Inge to adapt the novel for the screen. Eight months later, the 17 May 1961 DV reported that director John Frankenheimer was scouting locations in Key West, FL.
       According to the 14 Apr 1961 LAT, Houseman was hoping to cast actress Carolyn Jones in the film. The 1 Jun 1961 DV noted that Robert Wagner was also under consideration. As stated in the 27 Jun 1961 DV, Frankenheimer planned two weeks of rehearsals prior to filming. A 28 Jul 1961 DV production chart announced the start of principal photography the previous day.
       Both Frankenheimer and lead actor Warren Beatty denied rumors of their purportedly combative working relationship in the 11 Sep 1961 DV. Beatty admitted, however, that he preferred detailed instructions from a director, while Frankenheimer wanted actors to express their feelings. Frankenheimer revealed that a “dream sequence,” which featured Beatty as a werewolf, was inspired by the director’s own recent nightmare. Months later, actress Eva Marie Saint told the 1 Apr 1962 LAT that she insisted on being doused with cold water during a rainstorm sequence, enabling her to shiver and shudder in a convincing manner.
       Other cast members included Rick Lancelot and Rita Somers (11 Aug 1961 DV) ; William Challee ... More Less

The 14 Sep 1960 Var announced the second printing of James Leo Herlihy’s bestselling 1960 novel. Domestic motion picture rights were purchased by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) for $150,000. As stated in the 12 Sep 1960 LAT, producer John Houseman hired renowned playwright William Inge to adapt the novel for the screen. Eight months later, the 17 May 1961 DV reported that director John Frankenheimer was scouting locations in Key West, FL.
       According to the 14 Apr 1961 LAT, Houseman was hoping to cast actress Carolyn Jones in the film. The 1 Jun 1961 DV noted that Robert Wagner was also under consideration. As stated in the 27 Jun 1961 DV, Frankenheimer planned two weeks of rehearsals prior to filming. A 28 Jul 1961 DV production chart announced the start of principal photography the previous day.
       Both Frankenheimer and lead actor Warren Beatty denied rumors of their purportedly combative working relationship in the 11 Sep 1961 DV. Beatty admitted, however, that he preferred detailed instructions from a director, while Frankenheimer wanted actors to express their feelings. Frankenheimer revealed that a “dream sequence,” which featured Beatty as a werewolf, was inspired by the director’s own recent nightmare. Months later, actress Eva Marie Saint told the 1 Apr 1962 LAT that she insisted on being doused with cold water during a rainstorm sequence, enabling her to shiver and shudder in a convincing manner.
       Other cast members included Rick Lancelot and Rita Somers (11 Aug 1961 DV) ; William Challee (14 Aug 1961 DV) ; Mabel and June Smaney (15 Aug 1961 DV) ; John Burnside (17 Aug 1961 DV) ; Harry Hines and Burt Mustin (22 Aug 1961 DV) ; and Alyce Allyn (14 Sep 1961 DV). The 7 Jul 1961 DV credited George Elder as prop man, and Amelia Wade as script supervisor.
       The 21 Sep 1961 DV reported the conclusion of principal photography, and the company’s return to California from Key West the previous day. Frankenheimer explained his decision to film in black-and-white in the 6 Oct 1961 NYT , saying that color “generally ruins good drama” by converting it to “travelogues.” The 30 May 1962 Var estimated the final budget at $1.2 million. According to the 28 Dec 1961 DV, composer Alex North expected to complete the score in two recording sessions, one of which was scheduled for that day, the other for 15 Jan 1962.
       The 30 Jan 1962 DV noted that Houseman and Frankenheimer attended a “sneak preview” in Pomona, CA. Another preview at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, CA, was reported in the 6 Feb 1962 DV, with Warren Beatty, Eva Marie Saint, and several young MGM executives in attendance.
       All Fall Down opened 28 Mar 1962 in Chicago, IL. Openings followed in Los Angeles on 6 Apr 1962, and in New York City on 11 Apr 1962. The picture was also an entry at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. Critics were generally disappointed, with several noting oversights and incongruities in the screenplay. Of particular note was Bosley Crowther, who complained in his 12 Apr 1962 NYT review “that everyone in the story is madly in love” with Beatty’s character, whom he described as a “cretin.”
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Daily Variety
17 May 1961
p. 11.
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1 Jun 1961
p. 2.
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27 Jun 1961
p. 4.
Daily Variety
7 Jul 1961
p. 10.
Daily Variety
28 Jul 1961
p. 8.
Daily Variety
31 Jul 1961
p. 11.
Daily Variety
11 Aug 1961
p. 13.
Daily Variety
14 Aug 1961
p. 4.
Daily Variety
15 Aug 1961
p. 4.
Daily Variety
17 Aug 1961
p. 7.
Daily Variety
22 Aug 1961
p. 5.
Daily Variety
8 Sep 1961
p. 3.
Daily Variety
11 Sep 1961
p. 2.
Daily Variety
14 Sep 1961
p. 11.
Daily Variety
20 Sep 1961
p. 4.
Daily Variety
21 Sep 1961
p. 4.
Daily Variety
28 Dec 1961
p. 4.
Daily Variety
30 Jan 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
6 Feb 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
26 Mar 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
3 Apr 1962
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
12 Sep 1960
Section C, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
14 Apr 1961
p. 25.
Los Angeles Times
7 Aug 1961
Section C, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
26 Mar 1962
Section C, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
1 Apr 1962
Section N, p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
6 Apr 1962
Section C, p. 11.
New York Times
6 Oct 1961
p. 29.
New York Times
3 Apr 1962
p. 43.
New York Times
12 Apr 1962
p. 41.
New York Times
17 May 1962
p. 29.
Variety
14 Sep 1960
p. 60.
Variety
30 May 1962
p. 7.
CAST
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LITERARY
Based on the novel All Fall Down by James Leo Herlihy (New York, 1960).
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 March 1962
Premiere Information:
Chicago opening: 28 March 1962
Los Angeles opening: 6 April 1962
New York opening: 11 April 1962
Production Date:
27 July--19 September 1961
Copyright Claimant:
John Houseman Productions
Copyright Date:
21 February 1962
Copyright Number:
LP21395
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
111
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Fifteen-year-old Clinton Willart arrives in Florida with $200 for his older brother, Berry-Berry, whom he idolizes. Berry-Berry had wired home for cash to go into business; actually he needs the money to pay a jail fine for beating up a prostitute. Once free, Berry-Berry sends Clinton back to Ohio, vaguely promising to return for Christmas. At home with Annabel, his talkative and meddling mother, and Ralph, his likeable but alcoholic father, Clinton views their life as humdrum compared with Berry-Berry's glamorous existence. Excitement suddenly comes into Clinton's life, however, with the appearance of Echo O'Brien, the daughter of Annabel's closest friend. Echo's beauty and charm captivate the entire family, particularly young Clinton. Then Berry-Berry returns. Again his appeal to women proves irresistible, and Echo falls in love with him. Berry-Berry almost returns her love, but when he learns that she is pregnant, his latent misogyny reasserts itself, and he leaves her. Filled with despair, Echo drives her car off a cliff. At first, Clinton decides to kill his brother, but when Berry-Berry breaks down and sobs, Clinton realizes how pathetic his brother really is. No longer shackled by a distorted adoration for his older brother, Clinton leaves Berry-Berry to his own self-inflicted ... +


Fifteen-year-old Clinton Willart arrives in Florida with $200 for his older brother, Berry-Berry, whom he idolizes. Berry-Berry had wired home for cash to go into business; actually he needs the money to pay a jail fine for beating up a prostitute. Once free, Berry-Berry sends Clinton back to Ohio, vaguely promising to return for Christmas. At home with Annabel, his talkative and meddling mother, and Ralph, his likeable but alcoholic father, Clinton views their life as humdrum compared with Berry-Berry's glamorous existence. Excitement suddenly comes into Clinton's life, however, with the appearance of Echo O'Brien, the daughter of Annabel's closest friend. Echo's beauty and charm captivate the entire family, particularly young Clinton. Then Berry-Berry returns. Again his appeal to women proves irresistible, and Echo falls in love with him. Berry-Berry almost returns her love, but when he learns that she is pregnant, his latent misogyny reasserts itself, and he leaves her. Filled with despair, Echo drives her car off a cliff. At first, Clinton decides to kill his brother, but when Berry-Berry breaks down and sobs, Clinton realizes how pathetic his brother really is. No longer shackled by a distorted adoration for his older brother, Clinton leaves Berry-Berry to his own self-inflicted misery. +

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