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Playhouse 90: “Alas Babylon” (CBS, 4/3/60)

March 28, 2015 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “UCLA Festival of Preservation.”

Playhouse 90: “Alas Babylon” (CBS, 4/3/60)
Directed by Robert Stevens.

Two years before the Cuban missile crisis confronted the world with the possibility of an atomic war, this controversial drama offered viewers a shockingly realistic dramatization of a nuclear conflict with the Soviet Union. Praised by the New York Times for the “remarkably convincing” performances of its all star cast, the paper also decried the program’s “moral cloaked in horror.” Variety disagreed, proclaiming the broadcast “powerful propaganda for peace.”

Director: Robert Stevens. A CBS Television Network Production. Producer: Peter Kortner. Screenwriter: David Shaw. Based on the novel Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. Cast: Don Murray, Barbara Rush, Kim Hunter, Rita Moreno, Dana Andrews.

DigiBeta, b/w, 90 min.

Preceded by
The Passerby: “The Safest Place in the World”

Directed by Oscar Rudolph.

A classic Cold War era morality tale. After stealing $9,000, a man decides that the safest place to stash it until the heat dies down is in a book in the New York Public Library. However the draft intervenes and after three years away (including a stint in Korea), a rude surprise awaits when he returns to retrieve the money.

Director: Oscar Rudolph. An Ely Landau production released through National Telefilm Associates. Producer: Ely Landau. Screenwriter: Max Wilk. Cast: Richard Carlyle, Harry Bellaver, Edna Preston, James Coots, Ralph Stantley.

DigiBeta, b/w, 12 minutes.

In-Person: Don Murray; Barbara Rush; Dan Einstein, television archivist, UCLA Film & Television Archive.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.! UCLA Festival of Preservation Passes available for $50.

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More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


March 28, 2015
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States