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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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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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Director Robert Gist had a small acting role in the 1958 film adaptation of Norman Mailer's novel, The Naked and the Dead (1958). "An American Dream" has been the only other Mailer novel filmed to date, though a number of other films have been based on Mailer's nonfiction books. See more »


Cherry McMahon: I never thought it would be deathless but I thought it would leave a trace. Even the dinosaurs left a footprint. Las Vegas - December 1955, including Christmas and New Year's and the first three weeks of January 1956. Cherry McMahon. For the record book, in case you ever wonder what happened to us some sleepless night, I was almost the mother of your child. At one point I was three months pregnant; however as those things usually go, on the advice of an older woman, it came to nothing.
Stephen Richard Rojack: Sorry.
Cherry McMahon: ...
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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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Absolute Schlock
20 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

Stuart Whitman plays a hard-hitting television journalist intent on taking on the mob with a rich, shrewish wife, Eleanor Parker. After he helps his wife take a nosedive over the balcony of her penthouse suite, she hits the car of the mafioso. Then, this flurry of coincidences continues as he discovers that one of the Mafiosos is dating his long lost love, Janet Leigh. Geez.

The lurid, over-the-top first act of this film caught my interest, but I only stayed with it as a morbid curiosity. The dialog was horrible. Perhaps they lifted it from Mailer's book, but literary dialog often makes for bad screen dialog. Even worse, now one in this film behaves like a real human being would behave. Stuart knows the police believe he murdered his wife, so what does he do? The night he is released from questioning, he immediately hooks up with his ex-girlfriend and sleeps with her! (This, despite the fact that he knows he is being followed the police!) The mafia don literally threatens Stuart in a room of police officers. Janet Leigh stays with him despite him calling her a whore. His father-in-law doesn't really seem to care whether his beloved daughter was murdered or not as long as her death isn't labeled suicide so that he bury her in a Catholic cemetery. I could go on and on.

The film is absurd. It deserves the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment. In the end, the most interesting thing was trying to figure out what TV shows from the '60s and '70s the supporting players ended up on.

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