60s TV Links

Duel For Love

Incident

The Jukebox

The Square
Ring

The Thug

The Upstart

The Wind and
the Rain

Three on a
Gas Ring

Bates Film &
Television
Checklist

 

BATES
ARCHIVE

News
In Memoriam

SPOTLIGHTS

Knighthood
American
Film Theatre

Fifties TV
Al Hirschfeld

FEATURES

Biography
Timeline
Photo Gallery
Actors Centre
Piffle
Ephemera

ARCHIVE

Theatre
Film
Television
Audio
Interviews
Writing

 

t e l e v i s i o n

A Memory of Two Mondays
Granada's Television Playhouse, 27.ii.59

Cast in order of appearance:
Bert: Jonathan White
Raymond: Stuart Nichol
Agnes: Ada Ship
Patricia: Patty Thorne
Gus: Martin Miller
Jim: Gordon Phillott
Kenneth: Alan Bates
Larry: Jon Sullivan
Frank: Garry Colleano
Jerry: Tom Busby
Willy: Brian McDermott
Tom: John McLaren
Mechanic: Mark Baker

Writer: Arthur Miller
Designer: Tom Spaulding
Director: Silvio Narizano,
winner of the
award for outstanding TV drama director of 1958

 The two Arthur Miller plays which have already been seen on ITV -- "Death of a Salesman" and "All My Sons" -- rank among television's most exciting and memorable productions. Now ITV brings viewers a third play, which Arthur Miller regards as one of his best.

A Memory of Two Mondays (written in 1955)
Long one-act Play. Arthur Miller. 12 men, 2 women. Interior.

This is the shorter of two plays which were produced on Broadway under the generic title of A View From the Bridge - a one-act fragment about people who work in an automobile parts warehouse in the early Roosevelt days. Properly speaking, it has no plot -- yet something does happen to almost everybody. A youth gets a chance to go to college. A drunk reforms. Another drunk rebels. A young man with a song in his soul finds himself forgetting the song as poverty and a lack of opportunity grind him down.
Arthur Miller once said he loved none of his plays more than this tale about a bunch of working-class toughs who grind away their days among used-car parts in a Depression era warehouse. The passionate play, about dashed dreams and the deadening monotony of routine doesn't have much of a plot, but is centered around a highly moral, if symbolically heavy-handed, core (those are used car parts).
After graduation from high school, Miller worked in his father's store for a few months, then as a shipping clerk in an automobile parts warehouse.
A 1974 filmed version stars Jack Warden, Jerry Stiller, Dick Van Patten, Estelle Parsons and a fresh-faced Harvey Keitel star in the gritty drama, which opens with an introduction from the playwright himself. |||

Note: Alan was about 24 when this was filmed.