Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
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Rapture at Two-Forty 

When Paul Bryan, a high-powered lawyer, is diagnosed with an incurable disease, he decides to spend his last days living the high life on the French Riviera.


William A. Graham (as William Graham)


Luther Davis (teleplay), Jo Swerling Jr. (story)


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Episode cast overview:
Ben Gazzara ... Paul Bryan
Michael Rennie ... Robert Thurston
Katherine Crawford ... Leslie Thurston
Antoinette Bower ... Gillan
Miguel Ángel Landa Miguel Ángel Landa ... Henri (as Miguel Landa)
S. John Launer ... Dr. Manson
Louis Mercier Louis Mercier ... Stoss
Stella Garcia ... Risa
Brasil '66 Brasil '66 ... Themselves - Musicians (as Brasil 65)
Albert Carrier ... Ambulance Attendant
Joan Gibbs Joan Gibbs ... Hennid
George Conrad ... 1st Sailor
Marcel Hillaire ... Chauffeur


When Paul Bryan, a high-powered lawyer, is diagnosed with an incurable disease, he decides to spend his last days living the high life on the French Riviera.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

15 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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Roncom Films See more »
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Color (Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode served as the pilot for the series Run for Your Life (1965), which ran on NBC from 1965 to 1968. See more »

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Brasil 65 as The Combo See more »


Spin-off Run for Your Life (1965) See more »

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badly dated
22 March 2013 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

This pilot for a long-forgotten TV series stars Ben GAZZARA AS A RETIRED LAWYER WHO HAS A YEAR TO LIVE. HE DECIDES TO JOIN THE JET SET CROWD, which was pretty new in 1965, AND FLIES OFF TO THE RIVIERA, WHERE HE ENGAGES IN SKY DIVING, RACE CARS AND DEEP SEA DIVING. He MEETS a swinging lassie (Crawford) and falls for her. Eventually, he knows he will have to let her know about his condition, but for the time being, they have lots of jet set fun. Ugh. This was made when the world was changing -- the Beatles were big and and we baby boomers were starting to come of age. A show like this was made for a strictly white, middle-class, middle-aged audience, one that had lived through WWII and the Korean War, and that might wish to do what the lawyer does, but are shackled to their home in the suburbs, their 2.3 kids and dad's daily grind at work. Things on TV would change dramatically over the next decade, and this type of froth, shot completely on back lots of course, would mercifully disappear. I always liked Gazzara, but I prefer the Gazzara of later movies like "Road House," kin which he played a very convincing bad guy.

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