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Director:
Writers:
Jerome Weidman (written by)
Harry W. Junkin (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
18 January 1957 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Steve Cochran plays the slick, debonair owner of a notorious gossip magazine who is anxious to break... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(2 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Van Johnson ... Scott Ethan Martin

Ann Blyth ... Connie Martin
Steve Cochran ... H.R. Manley
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Manley
Richard Eyer ... Joey Martin

Harold J. Stone ... Seth Jackson
Philip Coolidge ... Homer Crowley

Lurene Tuttle ... Mrs. Doyle
Lewis Martin ... Charles Orrin Sterling
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Malcolm Atterbury ... Byron (uncredited)
Theona Bryant ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Robert Burton ... Harry Walsh (uncredited)
Alexander Campbell ... Cereal Company Executive (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Elsie (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Allen J. 'Frank' Frederick (uncredited)
Richard Collier ... Bill King--Magazine Staffer (uncredited)
Paul Engle ... Boy (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Cereal Company Executive (uncredited)

Dean Jones ... Newscaster (uncredited)
Paul Keast ... Cereal Company Executive (uncredited)
John Milton Kennedy ... Newscaster (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ... Herb Goodman (uncredited)
Margie Liszt ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Frank Grover (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ann Morriss ... Miss Turner (uncredited)
Erik Nielsen ... Boy (uncredited)
Eddie Pagett ... Boy (uncredited)
Christian Pasques ... Boy (uncredited)
Irene Tedrow ... Marion Gregg (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Willis (uncredited)
Charles Webster ... Cereal Company Executive (uncredited)
Patricia Winters ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Rowland 
 
Writing credits
Jerome Weidman (written by)

Harry W. Junkin (based on a story by)

Produced by
Armand Deutsch .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jeff Alexander 
 
Cinematography by
Harold J. Marzorati (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Boemler 
 
Casting by
Leonard Murphy (uncredited)
Jasper Russel (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
William A. Horning 
Hans Peters 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Pefferle 
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Mary Bashe .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Charles J. Hunt .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Rhein .... assistant director
Mickey McCardle .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Norwood A. Fenton .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Swain .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Doris McCoig .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cleo Moore .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jack Shafton .... puppeteer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Puppets in movie were designed and operated (except in long shots) by Bil and Cora Baird, who were also responsible for the very similar-looking puppets in The Lonely Goatherd number in The Sound Of Music.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Although the movie is titled Slander, there is no evidence that any of the characters were actually a victim of that crime, which refers to a malicious false statement. From all evidence, all of the stories, particularly that of the hero, presented in the scandal magazine were true.See more »
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Chilling. Could have Been One of the Great Ones, 26 September 2003
Author: David (Handlinghandel) from NY, NY

The scenes involving Steve Cochrane (speaking with MGM's exaggeratedly elegant diction) and his mother (Marjorie Rambeau, brilliant, as he is, in her role) are creepy. The atmosphere is fetid. This is indeed an insider's look at what could make someone invent and edit a Hollywood scandal rag along the lines of Confidential.

His office, with a scared secretary, works, too; and the story surrounding his frail mother's being snubbed by head waiters because of her son's sleaziness is shocking.

We're really in Tennessee Williams country with these people.

If only the man he sets out to ruin had been played by someone other than wholesome Van Johnson. Yes, Johnson gives it his best; but he isn't, through no fault of his own, convincing as someone who's spent four years in jail.

Then there is his wife, Ann Blyth. It's not so much that we think of her in her greatest role, Veda in "Mildred Pierce," as that she seemed ideally cast in that and doesn't -- for me, at least -- work in sympathetic roles.

She has a cold, mean look, which is accented by the heavy eye makeup she wears here.

It turns sanctimonious when they and their son are in the spotlight.

Nevertheless, Cochrane paints an indelible picture as the society-hating, mother-loving Park Avenue monster. And Rambeau is poignant, even with the Grand Guignol ending.

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