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See You in Hell, Darling (1966)

An American Dream (original title)
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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Les Crane ...
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Johnny Dell
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Eddie Ganucci
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Detective O'Brien
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Shago Martin
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Ganucci's Attorney
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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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This is Mrs. Rojack. Be glad you're not Mr. Rojack. See more »

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

Quotes

Stephen Richard Rojack: I want a divorce.
Deborah Kelly Rojack: From the daughter of the eighth richest man in the whole U.S.? Bitch I am but rich I am.
Stephen Richard Rojack: Tired I am. The war's over.
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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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Money and happiness are two different things
13 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"An American Dream" (1966) seems to emulate a Ross Hunter movie, a "Carpetbaggers", and a "Written on the Wind"; but it's so inept that it falls well short. Its ineptitude is why it can garner only a 5.3 rating on IMDb. It looks good in color and widescreen. It sports good actors and a few performances that survive the general badness of the proceedings. It has, for example, an inebriated Eleanor Parker delivering an amazing sequence in which she rips up and literally bites her husband, Stuart Whitman, whereupon he nearly chokes her to death and then lets her fall from her penthouse to her death. It has Janet Leigh playing a mob tootsie (whore).

Leigh's mob companions, all dressed in dark suits, are, apart from Warren Stevens, completely unconvincing. When Whitman is taken in by the cops, the entire sequence is unbelievable. Barry Sullivan makes some sense out of the part, while J.D. Cannon loudly overdoes it lashing into Whitman. Whitman staggers and swaggers and lurches around, as if he were on a ship gaining his footing. His character is an inept man when it comes to personal relationships who jilted Leigh years ago for the wealthy Parker. But after she dies, he declares his everlasting love for Leigh and she immediately buys into it. Why? He's a successful TV personality who has a phone-in show and he promises her the security she craves. Nothing much is believable in all of this, including Whitman's really odd, really stupid, behavior when questioned by police. Leigh's patron, mob boss Joe De Santis, has been openly criticized on TV by Whitman, and now he's taking the man's woman. How can that end?

"An American Dream" sometimes becomes entertaining trash. It sometimes imports Norman Mailer-style stream-of-words dialog, and it quite often is simply badly done. Its attempt to rise to the status of good trash falls short. This is not "The Oscar" and not "Harlow". Personally, I was amused and entertained. It did make some statements about the rich and famous. It did showcase some very sexy ladies, Leigh and Parker, and give them a chance to emote.

This is not the kind of movie one attempts to hold to high standards. This is not "The Seventh Seal", but it also isn't "Portrait in Black" or "Peyton Place", and one should be aware of that.


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