The Lost Weekend, 1945

Director

Billy Wilder

Cast

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New York: Flights: JFK Airport

PJ Clarke’s Saloon, 915 Third Avenue at East 55th Street (tel: 212.317.1616)


Trivia

PJ Clarke’s is specified in the script as the New York bar in which Connor Macleod drinks in Highlander. Sadly, it’s not used in the film.

The Lost Weekend location: PJ Clarke's Saloon, Third Avenue, New York

The Lost Weekend location: Ray Milland pickles his kidneys s: PJ Clarke’s Saloon, Third Avenue, New York

This grim, realistic study of alcoholism from Billy Wilder, took the Best Picture Oscar in 1945, and Best Actor for Ray Milland as booze-dependent novelist Don Birnam. It was made largely on location in New York.

The bar in which Birnam pickles his kidneys is PJ Clarke’s Saloon, 915 Third Avenue at East 55th Street. This wonderful institution is, amazingly, still open for business, a tiny oasis among the highrise real estate of the East Side. This is the legendary bar in which Johnny Mercer wrote One For My Baby (“So set ’em up, Joe...”). The barman's name was Tommy – but that didn't scan.

The rumble of the old ‘Third Avenue el’ – the elevated railway which ran past the bar – meant that many of the interiors had to be re-shot in a detailed recreation of PJ Clarke’s in Hollywood.

Birnam dries out at Bellevue Hospital, First Avenue at East 29th Street.

His painful trek along Third Avenue, north from 55th Street to 110th Street, desperately searching for a pawnbroker on a public holiday, was filmed by a hidden camera – inside a bakery truck – one quiet Sunday.




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