ALEXANDER: THE OTHER SIDE OF DAWN (TV movie)

5/16/1977. Monday, 9 pm. 2 hours.
NBC. Drama.
Code: AOSD 5/1977

PLOT

The lives of young male hustlers in an area of Los Angeles cruised by homosexuals. (Companion/sequel to Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway, TV movie, 9/27/1976)

CREDITS

Writer: Walter Dallenbach.
Director: John Erman.

CAST

Leigh J. McCloskey as Alexander Duncan
Eve Plumb as Dawn Wetherby
Earl Holliman as Ray Church
Juliet Mills as Myra
Alan Feinstein
Jonathan R. Banks as Michael, rap session participant at Gay Community Center. Listed 27th of 35.

CHARACTER

Michael is angry and egotistical, but aware of his flaws and able to apologize nicely. Gay, but not campy. Ruffles his companion's hair, grips his hand after he apologizes.

COMMENTS

JB does a great job showing Michael’s anger in his scene.

This is a typical 70s simplistic film treatment of gays -- all have problems, need group therapy, are unhappy, angry, etc. But the film is not as bad as it could be, and they filmed in some actual gay clubs in Los Angeles.

COSTUME

First appearance of The Cloth Cap, which JB wears in a number of roles over the next ten years. It’s a sectional brimmed cap.

CRITICS

"Alexander turns out to be well worth watching, primarily because of several exceptionally good performances. … Much of the betrayal of the hustle scene is unusually convincing." John J. O’Connor, New York Times 5/16/1977, p.58.

LINES

(Rap session dialogue.)

"At least he said something. At least you had a father."

"Whoa, whoa, buddy, that's not the way we play the game here. There're no free rides, everybody gets into the action."

"You need some kinda help, man. You find nothin' by running."

SCREEN TIME

1 minute, 20 seconds in 1 scene, about 1/3 into film