The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend (1945)

The screen dares to open the strange and savage pages of a shocking bestseller!

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1945-11-29
  • User Rating: 7.7/10 from 300 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 41min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Billy Wilder
star 7.7/10
From 300 Ratings


Don Birnam, a long-time alcoholic, has been sober for ten days and appears to be over the worst... but his craving has just become more insidious. Evading a country weekend planned by his brother and girlfriend, he begins a four-day bender that just might be his last - one way or another.

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  • Ray Milland

    as Don Birnam
  • Jane Wyman

    as Helen St. James
  • Phillip Terry

    as Wick Birnam
  • Howard Da Silva

    as Nat the Bartender
  • Doris Dowling

    as Gloria
  • Frank Faylen

    as 'Bim' Nolan
  • Mary Young

    as Mrs. Deveridge
  • Anita Sharp-Bolster

    as Mrs. Foley
  • Lillian Fontaine

    as Mrs. Charles St. James
  • Frank Orth

    as Opera Cloak Room Attendant
  • Lewis L. Russell

    as Charles St. James
  • Andy Andrews

    as Alcoholic (uncredited)
  • Walter Baldwin

    as Man from Albany (uncredited)
  • Harry Barris

    as Pianist at Harry & Joe's (uncredited)
  • Jess Lee Brooks

    as (uncredited)
  • Jack Rube Clifford

    as Guard (uncredited)
  • David Clyde

    as Dave (uncredited)
  • James Conaty

    as Man in Nightclub Washroom (uncredited)
  • Willa Pearl Curtis

    as Mrs. Wertheim's Assistant (uncredited)
  • John Deauville

    as Cloakroom Attendant (uncredited)
  • Helen Dickson

    as Mrs. Frink (uncredited)
  • Franklyn Farnum

    as Concert Attendee (uncredited)
  • Byron Foulger

    as Shopkeeper (uncredited)
  • Jayne Hazard

    as M. (uncredited)
  • Ted Hecht

    as Man with Bandaged Ear (uncredited)
  • Ernest Hilliard

    as Headwaiter (uncredited)
  • Earle Hyman

    as Smoking Man (uncredited)
  • Jerry James

    as Male Nurse (uncredited)
  • Stan Johnson

    as Nurse (uncredited)
  • Jack W. Johnston

    as Nightclub Guest (uncredited)
  • Karl 'Karchy' Kosiczky

    as Baby (uncredited)
  • Eddie Laughton

    as Mr. Brophy (uncredited)
  • Perc Launders

    as Doorman (uncredited)
  • Audrey Long

    as Cloak Room Attendant (uncredited)
  • Bertram Marburgh

    as Jewish Man (uncredited)
  • William Meader

    as Hardware Man (uncredited)
  • James Millican

    as Nurse (uncredited)
  • Frank Mills

    as Drunk in Alcoholic Ward (uncredited)
  • Pat Moriarity

    as Irishman (uncredited)
  • William Newell

    as Liquor Store Proprietor (uncredited)
  • William O'Leary

    as Irishman (uncredited)
  • Peter Potter

    as Shaky and Sweaty Man (uncredited)
  • Stanley Price

    as Fruit Clerk (uncredited)
  • Craig Reynolds

    as George (uncredited)
  • Lester Sharpe

    as Jewish Man (uncredited)
  • Lee Shumway

    as Guard (uncredited)
  • Douglas Spencer

    as Hospital Patient Seeing Imaginary Beetles (uncredited)
  • Al Stewart

    as Mattress Man (uncredited)
  • Amzie Strickland

    as Woman in Bar (uncredited)
  • Harry Tenbrook

    as Drunk in Alcoholic Ward (uncredited)
  • Fred 'Snowflake' Toones

    as Washroom Attendant at Harry & Joe's (uncredited)
  • Emmett Vogan

    as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Max Wagner

    as Mike (uncredited)
  • Milton Wallace

    as Pawnbroker with Helen's Coat (uncredited)
  • Gisela Werbisek

    as Mrs. Wertheim (uncredited)
  • Crane Whitley

    as Waiter at Harry & Joe's Bar (uncredited)
  • Ernest Whitman

    as Black Man Talking to Himself (uncredited)
  • Harry Wilson

    as Drunk (uncredited)
  • Isabel Withers

    as Woman Before Pawn Shop (uncredited)
Writing Billy Wilder Screenplay
Directing Billy Wilder Director
Editing Doane Harrison Editor
Editing Doane Harrison Editorial Manager
Costume & Make-Up Edith Head Costume Design
Sound Miklós Rózsa Original Music Composer
Costume & Make-Up Wally Westmore Makeup Artist
Writing Charles Brackett Screenplay
Production Charles Brackett Producer
Camera John F. Seitz Director of Photography
Art Hans Dreier Art Direction
Visual Effects Gordon Jennings Visual Effects
Art Bertram C. Granger Set Decoration
Sound Sidney Cutner Orchestrator
Sound Leo Shuken Orchestrator
Writing Charles R. Jackson Novel
Art A. Earl Hedrick Art Direction
Visual Effects Farciot Edouart Visual Effects
Sound Stanley Cooley Sound Recordist
Sound Joel Moss Sound Recordist
Directing Charles C. Coleman Assistant Director
Production Richard Blaydon Production Manager
Production Frank Parmenter Production Manager
Art Gene Lauritzen Construction Coordinator
Art Jack Colconda Props
Camera Harlow Stengel Assistant Camera
Camera Fred True Grip