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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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Young Mrs. Rojack has some weird ideas. She's the stuff that dreams are made of. Or is it nightmares...? See more »




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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 »


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 »


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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Producers of 'American Dream' Can't Tell Mailer from Robbins
11 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Norman Mailer novel gets filmed as if it's a Harold Robbins story. I knew I was in for a campy treat from the opening scenes, featuring Eleanor Parker as the rich, alcoholic harpy Deborah, rolling naked on silk sheets (the camera very careful not to show any naughty bits), demanding whiskey refills from her hunky bed partner with impudent hand gestures and burning his hand with a cigarette when he tries to initiate sex. "Later!" she barks, eyes glued to the TV, watching her husband Rojack (Stuart Whitman), the host of a controversial call-in show. Parker's high-rise wallow is so arresting that Rojack's accusations that the LAPD has a protection deal with a notorious Mafia kingpin hardly register. The action ramps up when Rojack visits his estranged wife. Parker, also in the notorious show biz howler "The Oscar" the same year this was released, goes for broke and over the top, hurling cutting insults and highballs at her square-jawed husband. As Rojack, Whitman stoically endures Deborah's rant until she pantomimes castrating him, and then all hell breaks loose. Rojack finally walks out, but barely makes it to the front door before he's confronted by Deborah's sexy maid (Susan Denberg), wrapped only in a towel but willing to drop it for her boss's husband. Rojack sidesteps the seduction, but in this movie that's actually the wrong decision. Returning to his wife's bedroom for his wallet, another mêlée ensues that ends with Deborah falling off the penthouse terrace, where she's immediately run over by a limo transporting the very same Mafia kingpin Rojack accused of being in bed—figuratively, of course—with the police.

Once Parker's out of the picture "An American Dream" becomes a little less interesting, though a few actors try to match her scenery chewing, J.D. Cannon as a hot-tempered cop chief among them. Janet Leigh as Cherry McMahon, Rojack's former flame prior to his marrying Deborah and now a singer/Mafia moll, does a lot of glaring and glowering. As many other reviewers have pointed out, this often looks like a TV movie, with much of the action happening in flatly lit, claustrophobic sets (though lushly photographed). As tacky as this movie is, the novel's story actually has been sanitized for the protection of 1966 audiences. Mailer's misogyny—the one quality he shared with hack Robbins—is left well intact, however. In "An American Dream," women are just bitches and/or hos.

Though not quite in the same league as other trash-tastic movies of the 1960s, fans of "The Carpetbaggers," "Valley of the Dolls," or the aforementioned "The Oscar," will want to be sure to catch "An American Dream." Fans of Norman Mailer are best advised to skip it.

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