Mister Buddwing (1966)

100 mins | Melodrama | 1966

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HISTORY

Filmed in New York City. Locations include Washington Square, Central Park, Greenwich Village, New York University, Shubert Alley, Plaza Hotel, and the Queensboro Bridge. Also known as Woman Without A Face. ...

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Filmed in New York City. Locations include Washington Square, Central Park, Greenwich Village, New York University, Shubert Alley, Plaza Hotel, and the Queensboro Bridge. Also known as Woman Without A Face.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Delbert Mann-Douglas Laurence-Dale Wasserman Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Miss Simmons' gowns
MUSIC
SOUND
Rec supv
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Dial supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Buddwing by Evan Hunter (New York, 1964).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Woman without a face
Release Date:
1966
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 11 Oct 1966
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
DDD Productions
31 December 1965
LP33399
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

A man awakens on a bench in Central Park and realizes that he is suffering from total amnesia; his life and his identity are a blank, and his only clue is a telephone number he finds in his pocket. He accidentally calls the wrong number and reaches a sleepy-voiced woman named Gloria who mistakenly assumes that he is her drunken husband. After he makes up the name of Buddwing from a passing beer truck and an overhead jet plane, he calls on Gloria in her shabby apartment. Touched by the man's dilemma, she gives him coffee, sympathy and $5. While he wanders the streets, Buddwing spots a young woman and shouts the name "Grace" as he sees a fleeting image from his past. When the woman tells him she is a college student named Janet, Buddwing relives his college romance with the young woman, Grace, who was his fiancée. While listening to records in the apartment of an actress named Fiddle, he remembers how poverty forced him to abandon his dream of becoming a composer. He then encounters a blonde socialite who needs a tall man in a grey suit to accompany her on a scavenger hunt. She persuades Buddwing to take her to Harlem where she must win a large sum of money in a dice game. During the frenzied gambling, a chance remark causes Buddwing to recall the shock that blotted out his memory. Finally aware of his identity, he goes to the hospital where his wife had been taken after attempting suicide because he had rejected her upon hearing of her ...

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A man awakens on a bench in Central Park and realizes that he is suffering from total amnesia; his life and his identity are a blank, and his only clue is a telephone number he finds in his pocket. He accidentally calls the wrong number and reaches a sleepy-voiced woman named Gloria who mistakenly assumes that he is her drunken husband. After he makes up the name of Buddwing from a passing beer truck and an overhead jet plane, he calls on Gloria in her shabby apartment. Touched by the man's dilemma, she gives him coffee, sympathy and $5. While he wanders the streets, Buddwing spots a young woman and shouts the name "Grace" as he sees a fleeting image from his past. When the woman tells him she is a college student named Janet, Buddwing relives his college romance with the young woman, Grace, who was his fiancée. While listening to records in the apartment of an actress named Fiddle, he remembers how poverty forced him to abandon his dream of becoming a composer. He then encounters a blonde socialite who needs a tall man in a grey suit to accompany her on a scavenger hunt. She persuades Buddwing to take her to Harlem where she must win a large sum of money in a dice game. During the frenzied gambling, a chance remark causes Buddwing to recall the shock that blotted out his memory. Finally aware of his identity, he goes to the hospital where his wife had been taken after attempting suicide because he had rejected her upon hearing of her pregnancy.

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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