See You in Hell, Darling (1966)
"An American Dream" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  28 October 1966 (UK)
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A TV talk-show host who may have killed his wife finds himself being pursued by both the police and a gang of hoods.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Richard Rojack
Cherry McMahon
Deborah Kelly Rojack
Police Lt. G. Roberts
Barney Kelly
Arthur Kabot
Police Sgt. Walt Leznicki
Susan Denberg ...
Les Crane ...
Johnny Dell
Joe De Santis ...
Eddie Ganucci
Stacy Harris ...
Detective O'Brien
Paul Mantee ...
Shago Martin
Ganucci's Attorney
Attorney Ord Long


A TV talk-show host who may have killed his wife finds himself being pursued by both the police and a gang of hoods.

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'An American Dream' ... is a private nightmare of lust, violence and murder! ... where a bed is a battlefield and love is armed combat ...! See more »




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28 October 1966 (UK)  »

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See You in Hell, Darling  »

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Janet Leigh's singing voice was dubbed by Jackie Ward. See more »


Stephen Richard Rojack: I never stopped thinking about you for a minute. Not even at the marriage ceremony. When the man said, "Do you take this woman as your wife?" a picture of you came into my mind.
Cherry McMahon: [Slightly sarcastic] I hope you slept in a big bed on your honeymoon. I wouldn't want to feel I crowded you.
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Referenced in Lusting Hours (1967) See more »


A Time for Love
Music by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Janet Leigh (dubbed by Jackie Ward)
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Absymally written, nihilistic melodrama
4 July 2011 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

How did Warner Brothers and producer William Conrad get such a fine "A" cast for this sudser? Keep in mind, Janet Leigh and Eleanor Parker were not that long off their "A" list roles in "Harper" and "The Sound of Music," respectively. Keep in mind that Stuart Whitman had just come off "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines." This is the worst written movie based upon a book by a fine novelist (Norman Mailer) I've seen, except, perhaps, for "Mr. Budwing" (written by Evan Hunter). Interestingly, both films have "A" list actors and both were released in 1966. Perhaps more unfortunate is the lack of chemistry between Whitman and Janet Leigh. In order for this tripe to even begin to work requires a smoldering passion between the leads. Further, Leigh looks at least 10 years older than her 39 years, and she is playing a 29 year old(!). Parker looks more glamorous (and younger, at 44) as the drugged-out wife. Too bad, producer William Conrad didn't hire Israeli actress Ina Balin for the Leigh role. Balin was the right age and provided considerable sexual tension with Whitman in "The Commancheros".

Mailer's storyline is so stupidly contrived it is impossible to believe. If Mailer's intent was cynicism to the point of nihilism, he only succeeded by making all the characters behave as idiots.

The only really worthwhile elements of the film are the song (Oscar nominated) and the performances of Eleanor Parker and Lloyd Nolan (as Parker's father). They bring luster, albeit briefly to a movie more akin to a cow pie.

I give "An American Dream" a "3".

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