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All Fall Down

original film poster
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Produced by John Houseman
Written by James Leo Herlihy (novel)
William Inge (screenplay)
Starring Eva Marie Saint
Warren Beatty
Karl Malden
Angela Lansbury
Music by Alex North
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Editing by Fredric Steinkamp
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s) April 11, 1962
Running time 111 min.
Language English

All Fall Down is a 1962 film directed by John Frankenheimer. The melodrama produced by John Houseman, was adapted by playwright William Inge from a 1960 novel by James Leo Herlihy and starred Eva Marie Saint and Warren Beatty. Upon its release, the film was a minor box office hit. Together with her performance in Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate, Angela Lansbury (who played a mother in both films) won the year's National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress.

The film was entered into the 1962 Cannes Film Festival.[1]



The film follows the wealthy Willart family. Berry-Berry Willart (Warren Beatty) is idolized by younger brother Clinton (Brandon De Wilde), despite Berry's hedonistic lifestyle and irresponsible ways. After their parents, Ralph and Annabel Willart (Karl Malden and Angela Lansbury) take in a young Echo O'Brien (Eva Marie Saint), Berry is drawn to her. Berry deserts Echo when she becomes pregnant, driving the girl to suicide and destroying Clinton's view of his brother.


Actor Role
Eva Marie Saint Echo O'Brien
Warren Beatty Berry-Berry Willart
Karl Malden Ralph Willart
Angela Lansbury Annabel Willart
Brandon de Wilde Clinton Willart
Constance Ford Mrs. Mandel
Albert Paulsen Capt. Ramirez

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