Video: Down And Out in Manhattan

SEIZE THE DAY PBS; Friday, May 1, at 9 p.m. on most stations

Tommy Wilhelm has lost his job, and now he seems on the verge of losing his mind. Living temporarily in a hotel on Manhattan's upper Broadway, he is surrounded by a depressing gallery of old people, among them his coldly uncaring father. The city is too hot, the elevator doors are too slow, his money is running out, and the wife whom he left but who will not give him a divorce is pestering him for support payments. Worse, a shyster doctor has talked him into squandering his piddling savings on the commodities market. "What's the matter?" asks his father, to...

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