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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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Cast

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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
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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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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 »

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Barney Kelly: You know, Stephen, the usual explanation for the terrible state of the world is that God and the Devil are having a war. Ordinarily people don't pay much attention because it's taken for granted that the Devil will be smashed at Armageddon, the dead will then rise up and everybody will shake hands like gentlemen. It's characteristic of the human species, Stephen, particularly in this country, to believe that everything will come out all right in the end. It's an American dream.
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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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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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