The novel "What Makes Sammy Run?" (New York: Random House, 1941)
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Budd Wilson Schulberg
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Young people today seem to admire Sammy [his fictional character Sammy Glick]. I do find it rather disconcerting. Once I was speaking at a college, and a young man came up afterwards and said, 'I just want to shake your hand. I'm a senior, and I've been worrying about how I'll make it in the real world. And now that I've read your book, I'm inspired.'
Although "What Makes Sammy Run?", his scathing look at Hollywood, was twice presented on television in New York-based productions in 1949 and 1959, and appeared on Broadway in a musical version with Steve Lawrence
playing Sammy that ran for 540 performances in the 1964-1965 season, Hollywood itself has never made a version of the popular novel. Dreamworks acquired the rights to the novel from ...