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Release Date:
December 1956 (USA) See more »
Everybody loved the Great Man except those who hated his guts!
Joe Harris, preparing a eulogy for popular radio commentator Herb Fuller, finds that nobody has a good word to say about him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations See more »
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José Ferrer ... Joe Harris

Dean Jagger ... Philip Carleton

Keenan Wynn ... Sid Moore

Julie London ... Carol Larson
Joanne Gilbert ... Ginny - Harris' secretary

Ed Wynn ... Paul Beaseley

Jim Backus ... Nick Cellantano
Russ Morgan ... Eddie Brand

Edward Platt ... Dr. O'Connor (as Edward C. Platt)

Robert Foulk ... Mike Jackson - radio engineer

Lyle Talbot ... Harry Connors
Vinton Hayworth ... Charley Carruthers
Henny Backus ... Mrs. Rieber
Janie Alexander ... Mary Browne
Vikki Dougan ... Marcia - new receptionist
Robert Schwartz ... Mailboy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Herbert Baker ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Sexy Girl (uncredited)
Eddie Gomez ... Proprietor (uncredited)

Johnny Grant ... Disc Jockey (uncredited)
Hallene Hill ... Old Woman (uncredited)
Jane Howard ... Secretary (uncredited)
Adrienne Marden ... Voice of Mrs. Fuller (uncredited)
Coleen McClatchey ... Secretary (uncredited)
Albert E. Morgan ... Voice of Herb Fuller (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... Voice of Doctor (uncredited)
Gail Stone ... Mary's Sister (uncredited)

Directed by
José Ferrer 
Writing credits
Al Morgan (novel)

Al Morgan  and
José Ferrer 

Produced by
Aaron Rosenberg .... producer
Original Music by
Herman Stein 
Henry Mancini (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harold Lipstein 
Film Editing by
Albrecht Joseph  (as Al Joseph)
Sherman Todd 
Art Direction by
Eric Orbom 
Richard H. Riedel 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ruby R. Levitt 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas (gowns)
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Bowles .... assistant director
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Sikorsky .... sound editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Other crew
Leon Charles .... dialogue supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Joe Harris:[First, & Last, lines] It all started on a Tuesday. It was a Tuesday like any other Tuesday.See more »


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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Welles Copy?, 26 May 2001
Author: danldhatu from the Pacific Northwest

This is a very interesting film for a variety of reasons. In many ways, it's a CITIZEN KANE knock-off, but sometimes in reverse. We see the reporter who is putting together the story of the great man, but we never see the great man himself. As in "Kane," the ex-wife is an alcoholic singer. There is also a "Rosebud" of sorts-a deathbed obscenity. Well worth watching!

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