SOLDIER IN THE RAIN
1963, Warner Bros., 88 min, USA, Dir: Ralph Nelson

Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason star in this military buddy comedy as Sergeants Eustis Clay and Maxwell Slaughter, the former a country bumpkin and the latter an aging career soldier with his glory days behind him. Tuesday Weld co-stars as dizzy teenager Bobby Jo Pepperdine.


REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT
1962, Sony Repertory, 95 min, USA, Dir: Ralph Nelson

Anthony Quinn is a fighter whose best days are behind him, and Mickey Rooney plays his sympathetic trainer, in this classic piece of humanist filmmaking. Rod Serling’s script powerfully depicts Quinn’s downfall as he descends into corruption at the behest of unscrupulous manager Jackie Gleason.


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