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Act One (1963)

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Moss Hart
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Joe Hyman
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Richard Maxwell
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Warren Stone
Joseph Leon ...
Max Seigel
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Lester Sweyd
Martin Wolfson ...
Mr. Hart
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David Starr
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Louise Larabee ...
Clara Baum
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Oliver Fisher
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Teddy Manson (as Jonathan Lippe)
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Moss Hart's best-selling autobiography provided the basis for this colorful backstage story. The film depicts Hart as a struggling young playwright in 1929, searching for a sympathetic impresario. Although his manuscript is rejected by a Broadway tycoon, a less prominent manager finally agrees to produce it - on the condition that Hart will get George S. Kaufman, a leading comedy writer, to collaborate on the final script. Hart sets out to convince Kaufman of his play's value, and so begins one of the most famous partnerships in the American theatre. Written by alfiehitchie

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First film role of any kind for Jonathan Goldsmith (as Jonathan Lippe), who portrayed Teddy Manson, and who is now much better known as "The Most Interesting Man in the World" from Dos Equis beer TV commercials. See more »

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As the train heads to Atlantic City, it is being pulled by a steam locomotive but the sound it makes is that of a diesel horn. See more »

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A Showbiz Yarn
18 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie, unlike the weighty memoir upon which it was based, is a typical showbiz-in-the-1920s yarn about a young man making it big on Broadway in spite of his own insecurity and the many setbacks in the production of his first play. It is satisfying as such, with memorable performances by Jason Robards as the grumpy genius George S. Kaufman, Bert Convy as the struggling Archie Leach, and Eli Wallach as a Jed Harris-like obnoxious producer, and many other cameos of well known actors playing legendary New Yorkers of the day.

George Hamilton was too suave, too dapper, and just too damn pretty to be all that convincing as Moss Hart, but he was at his peak here, and he does a pretty good acting turn.

The story is predictable, but the movie still works, depicting a legend in an industry that loves legends about itself. There is a show playing in New York now based on the same material, and it is a huge hit. Maybe it portrays more of the poverty and the agony from which the real Moss Hart sprang, I don't know; but this movie hardly attempts to do that. Instead it gives us another fantasy of a time and place we love to think about and a life we would love to live. If you're not interested in that, this movie is not for you.


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