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Al Morgan (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
December 1956 (USA) See more »
"The Great Man? I figured I could handle him all right, but I was wrong...I couldn't...not that first night...or ever!" See more »
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

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

Lyle Talbot ... Harry Connors

Vinton Hayworth ... Charley Carruthers
Henny Backus ... Mrs. Helen Rieber
Janie Alexander ... Mary Browne
Vikki Dougan ... Marcia Miller - Receptionist
Robert Schwartz ... Lonny - Mailboy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

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

Richard Benedict ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Sexy Girl (uncredited)

John George ... Mourner (uncredited)
Eddie Gomez ... Proprietor (uncredited)

Johnny Grant ... Disc Jockey (uncredited)
Hallene Hill ... Elvira Garrigus (uncredited)
Jane Howard ... Secretary (uncredited)

Paul Kruger ... Mourner (uncredited)

Carl M. Leviness ... Mourner (uncredited)
Adrienne Marden ... Fran Fuller (voice) (uncredited)
Coleen McClatchey ... Secretary (uncredited)
Albert E. Morgan ... Herb Fuller (voice) (uncredited)

Steve Pendleton ... Doctor (voice) (uncredited)

Jeffrey Sayre ... Customer in Bar (uncredited)

Charles Sherlock ... Bartender (uncredited)
Gail Stone ... Helen Browne (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Man in Waiting Room (uncredited)

Directed by
José Ferrer 
Writing credits
Al Morgan (screenplay) and
José Ferrer (screenplay)

Al Morgan (novel)

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

Did You Know?

Check your animated Christmas movie collection from the late 60's and you'll find the voices of three of this film's stars. Jose Ferrer voiced the scoundrel Ben Haramed in The Little Drummer Boy (1968), Keenan Wynn gave us the Winter Warlock in Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1970) and Jim Backus did Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962).See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Joe, Mike, and Jinny are listening to the "blood bank" tape, the VU meter has no relation to the audio.See more »
Ginny:Feet of clay, huh?
Joe Harris:Right up to the knees, at least.
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Movie Connections:
Version of "Pretendent" (1987)See more »
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9 out of 13 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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