Alas, Babylon 64 years old

The Playhouse 90 teleplay of “Alas, Babylon” unflinchingly portrays the tragic aftermath of a major nuclear conflict with the U.S.S.R, including scenes featuring a child being rendered blind from a violent bomb flash and a character severely disfigured by radiation burns.  Narrated in flashback with solemn resignation by noir veteran Dana Andrews, who announces in the play’s first lines that he is already dead (à la Sunset Boulevard), the controversial drama was both lauded and criticized for its grim, daringly honest exploration of a scenario in which “92 percent of the world’s people were killed.”


Alas, Babylon Cast

Name Character
Rita Moreno She was 28, now 92 years old as Rita
Dana Andrews He was 51, 83 years old when he died as Mark Bragg
Barbara Rush She was 33, now 97 years old as Liz
Burt Reynolds He was 24, 82 years old when he died as Ace
Kim Hunter She was 37, 79 years old when she died as Helen Bragg
Don Gordon He was 33, 90 years old when he died as Pete
Everett Sloane He was 50, 55 years old when he died as Dr. Gunn
Judith Evelyn She was 51, 58 years old when she died as Lavinia
Don Murray He was 30, now 94 years old as Randy Bragg
Robert Crawford, Jr. He was 15, now 79 years old as Richard

Alas, Babylon Crew

Name Department
Alex North as Music. He was 49 (80) years old when He died Sound
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Alas, Babylon (64 years)

  • Release day: Sunday, April 03, 1960
  • Runtime: 90 minutes