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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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Stephen Richard Rojack
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Cherry McMahon
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Deborah Kelly Rojack
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Police Lt. G. Roberts
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Barney Kelly
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Arthur Kabot
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Johnny Dell
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Eddie Ganucci
Stacy Harris ...
Detective O'Brien
Paul Mantee ...
Shago Martin
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Attorney Ord Long
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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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'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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Stephen Richard Rojack: Bulletin: My wife's back from Malta. One of the first to know. She made it a point to call me personally and tell me that in Malta she shared her bed with a bald-headed middle-aged gentleman with a beard.
Arthur Kabot: Yeah, she always was great on the details, wasn't she?
Stephen Richard Rojack: What do you do, hmm? Whaddya' do? What the hell do ya' do?... Never marry a rich woman, Artie. There's no way to prove to the rich that you're not after their money. And how they punish you for not loving them for themselves.
Stephen Richard Rojack: [...]
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Referenced in Lusting Hours (1967) See more »

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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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8 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's unclear to me, with its TV cast, whether this was a B movie in theaters or a TV movie. It looks for all the world like a '60s TV film, produced by William Conrad, who did occasionally direct second features, notably "Brainstorm" starring Jeffrey Hunter. The timing at 1:45 suggests television.

"An American Dream" stars Stuart Whitman as a TV show host named Rojack who sits in front of rows of different telephones and answers questions. He's vocal about police corruption and the mob. He's separated from his wife (Eleanor Parker), the daughter of the 8th richest man in the world (Lloyd Nolan). She's a vicious drunk who's sleeping around. When Rojack visits her in her over-the-top penthouse, complete with gorgeous maid (Susan Denberg) who attempts to seduce him. His wife attacks him, and at one point, he nearly strangles her to death. Finally, after a lot of caterwauling, she ends up on the terrace railing and starts to slip. Rather than grab her, Rojack lets her go.

The police (including Barry Sullivan) can't prove whether it's an accident or murder, and Rojack takes up with an old girlfriend (Janet Leigh) who is now a mob-connected nightclub singer. Complications ensue.

Based on a novel by Norman Mailer, "An American Dream" is fun to watch because it's so '60s - in fact, it's reminiscent of early Columbo episodes. The furnishings, the color processing and dialogue like "I can't make the scene" are a hoot.

Janet Leigh, with a short Carnaby Street haircut, blue eyeshadow, dark eye makeup and light lipstick is the epitome of the '60s look. All she needed was white go-go boots. Strangely, the gown she wears in the nightclub scene (not the one picture on IMDb) is back in style, minus the cheesy material.

The high places - the wife's penthouse, Leigh's rooftop, suggest the heights and the only place you go once you get there. With none of the characters being particularly likable and an okay story, this is mainly something to watch if you were alive and cognizant in the '60s or just to get a look at some of the styles of the day. A lot flashier than Mad Men.


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