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Run for Your Life 

A successful lawyer (Ben Gazzara) is told by his doctor he's terminally ill, and will be dead in less than 2 years. He decides to do all the things which he never had time. Each episode ... See full summary »
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3   2   1  
1968   1967   1966   1965  
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Ben Gazzara ...  Paul Bryan 85 episodes, 1965-1968
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A successful lawyer (Ben Gazzara) is told by his doctor he's terminally ill, and will be dead in less than 2 years. He decides to do all the things which he never had time. Each episode tells of the places he goes to and the people he meets - from bums riding the rails, to gigolos. He becomes a man with little fear of death - and everything but time. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Ben Gazzara stars as a young, successful lawyer on a world-wide search for a full, dangerous life - and only a few months to live it! (season two) See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Alma de acero See more »

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Runtime:

(86 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Ben Gazzara and Robert Duvall appeared on Arrest and Trial (1963). See more »

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Opening credits narrator: [season 3 opening credits] Paul Bryan, Attorney at Law, future full of promise. Until a medical examination reveals he has a short time to live, precious time, time to be used, time to crowd 30 years of living into one... or two.
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Crazy Credits

During seasons one and two, Roy Huggins was credited as Executive Producer during the opening credits after the program's episode titles. During season three, for unknown reasons, Huggins was not clearly credited as Executive Producer. In addition, Huggins was nominated for an Emmy as Executive Producer for the show's final season. The end credits state the following: A Roncom Films-Roy Huggins Production. See more »

Connections

Spun-off from Kraft Suspense Theatre: Rapture at Two-Forty (1965) See more »

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Drama "with a Gimmick" Showcased Ben Gazzara...
30 December 2003 | by cariartSee all my reviews

"Run for Your Life" was one of those shows that Johnny Carson loved to joke about, back in the sixties; with the premise that a wealthy 30-ish lawyer had a fatal disease with only one or two years left to live, when the show entered it's third season, did this mean the specialists were quacks, or that the hero's globe-trotting adventures invoke some 'miracle cure'?

The joking aside, the series' novel premise gave star Ben Gazzara an opportunity to display his well-respected dramatic skills (he'd created the role of Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway, and, with Peter Falk, would make a major impact in John Cassavetes' innovative films of the sixties and seventies), and turn the routine plots into often engrossing character studies.

There could never be a truly 'happy' end to any episode; even when 'Paul Bryan' resolved the issues raised in a show, he could never enjoy the 'fruits' of his endeavors, or even promise to return to the people whose lives he'd changed. If he fell in love (which, naturally, happened), he had to either deny it, or pass the reciprocated love to someone else (unless the girl herself died), so 'bittersweet' was the best term to describe the show, a quality similar to "The Fugitive", as well.

As NBC required 'action' in their series, "Run for Your Life" had Bryan often "in harm's way", and each time he was treated by a doctor or hospital, there was the added tension of whether his exertions might accelerate his disease. Gazzara's Bryan was not trying to commit suicide, but was trying to live his remaining time to the fullest, so his anguish when facing risks had a very 'real' basis, and gave Gazzara some of his best series' moments.

Despite the 'backlot' feel of the 'international' locales (the show never went on location), and the casting of the same actors who appeared in many other Universal-produced series of the period, veteran producer Roy Huggins tried to keep each episode fresh and original, through the use of stock footage, music, and clever editing.

"Run for Your Life" was not a 'great' series, but was unconventional for it's time, and, as a showcase for Ben Gazzara, was definitely worth watching.


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