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"In shooting the acclaimed film The Lost Weekend, about an alcoholic, the outdoor filming was done in New York City and the interiors were done in Hollywood. The latter included an exact duplicate of a Third Avenue bar, P. J. Clarke's. On Stage Five at Paramount Pictures, Clarke's was reborn, complete to the dusty stuffed cat on the top of the telephone booth. Ray Milland, who starred in the film, tells that for one week every afternoon at five o'clock the door of the set would open, a man would walk up to the bar (whether filming was going on or not), order a straight bourbon, chat about the weather, plunk down fifty cents, and stroll out. It was the writer Robert Benchley, who was homesick for New York."
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