The New Pictures, Dec. 3, 1945

The Lost Weekend (Paramount) follows its dipsomaniac hero to the hangover end of a five-day drunk. A naturalistic horror picture, it is a nightmarish look at the life of a specialized urban type: the fear-paralyzed writer turned alcoholic. In some respects, the picture is a better temperance tract than Charles Jackson's best-selling novel from which it was adapted.

An unemployed writer, Don Birnam (Ray Milland) tricks his girl and his brother into leaving him alone in a Manhattan apartment for a long weekend of solitary drinking. His brother, who supports him and knows...

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