Mister Buddwing


1h 39m 1966
Mister Buddwing

Brief Synopsis

A man suffering from amnesia confronts a series of women in his search for his memory.

Film Details

Also Known As
Woman without a face
Genre
Drama
Mystery
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 11 Oct 1966
Production Company
Cherokee Productions; DDD Productions
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Buddwing by Evan Hunter (New York, 1964).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

A man awakens on a bench in Central Park and realizes that he is suffering from total amnesia; his life and his identity are a blank, and his only clue is a telephone number he finds in his pocket. He accidentally calls the wrong number and reaches a sleepy-voiced woman named Gloria who mistakenly assumes that he is her drunken husband. After he makes up the name of Buddwing from a passing beer truck and an overhead jet plane, he calls on Gloria in her shabby apartment. Touched by the man's dilemma, she gives him coffee, sympathy and $5. While he wanders the streets, Buddwing spots a young woman and shouts the name "Grace" as he sees a fleeting image from his past. When the woman tells him she is a college student named Janet, Buddwing relives his college romance with the young woman, Grace, who was his fiancée. While listening to records in the apartment of an actress named Fiddle, he remembers how poverty forced him to abandon his dream of becoming a composer. He then encounters a blonde socialite who needs a tall man in a grey suit to accompany her on a scavenger hunt. She persuades Buddwing to take her to Harlem where she must win a large sum of money in a dice game. During the frenzied gambling, a chance remark causes Buddwing to recall the shock that blotted out his memory. Finally aware of his identity, he goes to the hospital where his wife had been taken after attempting suicide because he had rejected her upon hearing of her pregnancy.

Film Details

Also Known As
Woman without a face
Genre
Drama
Mystery
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 11 Oct 1966
Production Company
Cherokee Productions; DDD Productions
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Buddwing by Evan Hunter (New York, 1964).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Black and White

Award Nominations

Best Art Direction

1966

Best Costume Design

1966
Helen Rose

Articles

Mister Buddwing


An amnesia melodrama directed by Delbert Mann, Mister Buddwing (1965), recalls the theme of Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945), the thriller which started the "who am I" trend. Mr. Buddwing was also known by the alternate title of Woman Without a Face and was based on a novel by Evan Hunter, the author of The Blackboard Jungle. James Garner (the star of TV's Maverick) plays a man who wakes up on a Central Park bench with no clue to his identity other than a telephone number scrawled on a scrap of paper. He creates his name, Sam Buddwing, from a passing beer truck and the sight of an airplane soaring over Manhattan.

Shot in crisp black and white on location in Manhattan, the film features Suzanne Pleshette (from the TV series, The Bob Newhart Show) as a free-spirited actress named Fiddle, Tony- Award winner Angela Lansbury (The Manchurian Candidate (1962)) as Gloria, Katharine Ross (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)) as Janet, Jean Simmons (Elmer Gantry (1960)) as a high-living blonde and Jack Gilford (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)) as Mr. Schwartz. Buddwing experiences a variety of disorienting 'Manhattan scenes' as he struggles to reclaim his memory and uncover the trauma that shattered it. Nichelle Nichols (who inaugurated her role of Lt. Uhura in the television series Star Trek the following year) appears as a glamorous participant in a high-stakes craps game. You can also see Billy Halop, the leader of the original 'Dead End Kids', in a cameo role (His final film appearance was in another Delbert Mann film, Fitzwilly, 1967).

Principal photography began in New York in March of 1964, but was made difficult due to an apparent bi-coastal feud within the labor union representing some of the crew. An attorney for MGM wrote to the New York local, reporting that Assistant Director Erich Von Stroheim, Jr. (son of the famed silent film director and actor) was punched by a crew member. That same memo called director Delbert Mann "the idol of our crews.. because of his (knowledge) of the craft and...lack of affectation or pompousness."

Director: Delbert Mann
Producer: Douglas Laurence, Delbert Mann
Screenplay: Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Evan Hunter
Cinematography: Ellsworth Fredericks
Editor: Fredric Steinkamp
Art Direction: George W. Davis, Paul Groesse
Music: Kenyon Hopkins
Cast: James Garner (Mr. Buddwing), Jean Simmons (The Blonde), Suzanne Pleshette (Fiddle), Katharine Ross (Janet), Angela Lansbury (Gloria), George Voskovec (Shabby Old Man).
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by Jessica Handler
Mister Buddwing

Mister Buddwing

An amnesia melodrama directed by Delbert Mann, Mister Buddwing (1965), recalls the theme of Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945), the thriller which started the "who am I" trend. Mr. Buddwing was also known by the alternate title of Woman Without a Face and was based on a novel by Evan Hunter, the author of The Blackboard Jungle. James Garner (the star of TV's Maverick) plays a man who wakes up on a Central Park bench with no clue to his identity other than a telephone number scrawled on a scrap of paper. He creates his name, Sam Buddwing, from a passing beer truck and the sight of an airplane soaring over Manhattan. Shot in crisp black and white on location in Manhattan, the film features Suzanne Pleshette (from the TV series, The Bob Newhart Show) as a free-spirited actress named Fiddle, Tony- Award winner Angela Lansbury (The Manchurian Candidate (1962)) as Gloria, Katharine Ross (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)) as Janet, Jean Simmons (Elmer Gantry (1960)) as a high-living blonde and Jack Gilford (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)) as Mr. Schwartz. Buddwing experiences a variety of disorienting 'Manhattan scenes' as he struggles to reclaim his memory and uncover the trauma that shattered it. Nichelle Nichols (who inaugurated her role of Lt. Uhura in the television series Star Trek the following year) appears as a glamorous participant in a high-stakes craps game. You can also see Billy Halop, the leader of the original 'Dead End Kids', in a cameo role (His final film appearance was in another Delbert Mann film, Fitzwilly, 1967). Principal photography began in New York in March of 1964, but was made difficult due to an apparent bi-coastal feud within the labor union representing some of the crew. An attorney for MGM wrote to the New York local, reporting that Assistant Director Erich Von Stroheim, Jr. (son of the famed silent film director and actor) was punched by a crew member. That same memo called director Delbert Mann "the idol of our crews.. because of his (knowledge) of the craft and...lack of affectation or pompousness." Director: Delbert Mann Producer: Douglas Laurence, Delbert Mann Screenplay: Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Evan Hunter Cinematography: Ellsworth Fredericks Editor: Fredric Steinkamp Art Direction: George W. Davis, Paul Groesse Music: Kenyon Hopkins Cast: James Garner (Mr. Buddwing), Jean Simmons (The Blonde), Suzanne Pleshette (Fiddle), Katharine Ross (Janet), Angela Lansbury (Gloria), George Voskovec (Shabby Old Man). BW-100m. Closed Captioning. by Jessica Handler

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Filmed in New York City. Locations include Washington Square, Central Park, Greenwich Village, New York University, Shubert Alley, Plaza Hotel, and the Queensboro Bridge. Also known as Woman Without A Face.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1966

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1966