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An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.

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Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer Jonathan Shields, as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer James Lee Bartlow, a star Georgia Lorrison and a director Fred Amiel. He is a hard-driving, ambitious man who ruthlessly uses everyone - including the writer, star and director - on the way to becoming one of Hollywood's top movie makers. Written by alfiehitchie

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The story of a blonde who wanted to go places, and a brute who got her there - the hard way! See more »

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9 February 1953 (Brazil)  »

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Memorial to a Bad Man  »

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$1,558,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The photograph of Kirk Douglas' detested studio-head father, which Barry Sullivan straightens on the wall in this MGM film, looks exactly like Jack L. Warner, the head of Warner Bros.--MGM's competitor. See more »

Goofs

When the director Von Ellstein and Shields are having their big spat on how a just-concluded scene should have been directed and the overall directorial style and vision for the picture, the cuts between the perspective views of their arguing show Shields alternately with tensed outstretched arms and then casually folded hands on the top step of the short ladder or whatever that was he was leaning on. See more »

Quotes

Victor "Gaucho" Ribera: To give truth to a performance, there's nothing like love.
Georgia Lorrison: Love is for the very young.
Lila: Love is for the birds!
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Referenced in L.A. Confidential (1997) See more »

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Don't Blame Me
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Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Peggy King
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Entertaining backstage business
16 April 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Glossy MGM soaper has many things to recommend it, not the least of which is a surprisingly grounded, natural Lana Turner (looking great, even in ordinary jammies) playing a successful movie actress who, along with a top screenwriter and director, help producer-on-the-skids Kirk Douglas stage a comeback. Not especially revealing about Hollywood, which at this stage wasn't quite ready to unmask itself, but still engaging and intriguing. Douglas is well-cast (he spits out his lines with a terse jaw--nothing new--but he's right for this part and is commendable). Turner is a revelation and deserved at the very least an Oscar nomination for her work. Sharp dialogue and gleaming photography are the other major assets. Gets less attention than something like "All About Eve", but it's actually more entertaining. *** from ****


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