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Richard Sale (novel)
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8 July 1966 (UK) See more »
This is the story of...The Dreamers and The Schemers...The Hustlers and The Hopefuls...The Free-loaders and The Phonies...The Fakers and The Famous...All Fighting for the Highest Possible Award!! See more »
Snotty Hollywood actor becomes even more full of himself after he's nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
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Stephen Boyd ... Frank Fane

Elke Sommer ... Kay Bergdahl

Milton Berle ... Kappy Kapstetter

Eleanor Parker ... Sophie Cantaro

Joseph Cotten ... Kenneth Regan

Jill St. John ... Laurel Scott

Tony Bennett ... Hymie Kelly

Edie Adams ... Trina Yale

Ernest Borgnine ... Barney Yale

Ed Begley ... Grobard

Walter Brennan ... Orrin C. Quentin

Broderick Crawford ... Sheriff

James Dunn ... Network Executive

Edith Head ... Herself

Hedda Hopper ... Herself

Peter Lawford ... Steve Marks

Merle Oberon ... Herself

Nancy Sinatra ... Herself

Jack Soo ... Sam

Jean Hale ... Cheryl Barker
Eddie Ryder ... Mexican Marriage Broker

Chris Alcaide ... Ledbetter

John Dennis ... Sid
Peter Leeds ... Bert
John Holland ... Stevens
Jean Bartel ... Secretary
John Crowther ... Wally
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Alcott ... Actress (uncredited)

Army Archerd ... Press Conference Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Austin ... Actor (uncredited)
James Bacon ... Reporter (uncredited)

Bill Baldwin ... Photographer (uncredited)
Larry Barton ... Roadhouse Man (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Comedy Club Patron (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Producer (uncredited)

Thordis Brandt ... Actress (uncredited)
Jeff Brown ... Actor (uncredited)
Tracy Butler ... Date Girl (uncredited)
Rosalee Calvert ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Steve Carruthers ... Club Patron (uncredited)

Jerry Catron ... Actor (uncredited)
Arlene Charles ... Actress (uncredited)
Cordy Clark ... Maid (uncredited)
Norma Clarke ... Stock Girl (uncredited)

Joan Crawford ... Herself (uncredited)
Dennis Cross ... Reporter (uncredited)

Phyllis Davis ... Actress (uncredited)
Moki de Marco ... Small Dirty Boy (uncredited)
George Dega ... Waiter (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Fife ... Roadhouse Man (uncredited)

Duke Fishman ... Comedy Club Patron (uncredited)
Harry Fleer ... Director (uncredited)

Anitra Ford ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Ross Ford ... Lochner (uncredited)

Leona Gage ... Actress (uncredited)
Pam Gail ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Chance Gentry ... Reporter (uncredited)
Annabelle George ... Model (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Network Subordinate (uncredited)

Marina Ghane ... Actress (uncredited)
Dessica Giles ... Actress (uncredited)

Marianne Gordon ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)

Johnny Grant ... Himself (uncredited)
Sonya Harrison ... Model (uncredited)
Lynn Hartoch ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Rex Holman ... Spooner (uncredited)

Bob Hope ... Himself (uncredited)

Jimmie Horan ... Comedy Club Patron (uncredited)

William Hudson ... (uncredited)
Tom Irish ... Photographer (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Network Subordinate (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... Academy Awards Guest (uncredited)
Suzie Kaye ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Academy Awards Guest (uncredited)
Linda Kirk ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
Dick Kleiner ... Reporter (uncredited)
Todd Lasswell ... Actor (uncredited)
Anna Lavele ... Actress (uncredited)
Louise Lawson ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
Grace Lee ... Actress (uncredited)
Nancy Lewis ... Stripper (uncredited)
Jo Anne Loren ... Actress (uncredited)

Deanna Lund ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
Maurice Manson ... Captain (uncredited)

Jan Merlin ... Actor Frankie Pulls Knife on (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Bullfight Spectator (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Academy Awards Guest (uncredited)
Dale Monroe ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Tom Moroney ... Price Waterhouse Man (uncredited)
Karen Norris ... Secretary (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Reporter at Premiere (uncredited)

Judy Pace ... Actress (uncredited)
Hal Pereira ... Hal (uncredited)
Helen Perry ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Max Power ... Guard (uncredited)
Norma Quine ... Model (uncredited)
Beverly Ralston ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Neil Rau ... Reporter (uncredited)

Walter Reed ... Pereira (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Pamela Rodgers ... Actress (uncredited)
Hugh Sanders ... Regan's Party Guest (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Academy Awards Guest (uncredited)
Sondra Scott ... Date Girl (uncredited)

Frank Sinatra ... Himself (uncredited)

Carl Sklover ... Photographer (uncredited)
Rikki Stevens ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
Leslie Summers ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Terry ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Marilyn Tindall ... Actress (uncredited)
Marlene Tracy ... Academy Secretary (uncredited)
Howard Vann ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mayrita Varna ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Allegra Varron ... Broker's Wife (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Comedy Club Patron (uncredited)
Peggy Ward ... Actress (uncredited)

Jesse Wayne ... Camera Operator (uncredited)

Edy Williams ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
Venita Wolf ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
De De Young ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Russell Rouse 
Writing credits
Richard Sale (novel)

Harlan Ellison (screenplay) &
Russell Rouse (screenplay) and
Clarence Greene (screenplay)

Produced by
Clarence Greene .... producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer
Original Music by
Percy Faith 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chester W. Schaeffer 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lonergan 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
James W. Payne  (as James Payne)
Costume Design by
Edith Head (gowns)
Makeup Department
Hal Lierley .... makeup artist: Mr. Boyd and Miss Sommer (as Hal Lierly)
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Frank Caffey .... production manager
Maurie M. Suess .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dick Moder .... assistant director
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
John Wilkinson .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Stanley Williams .... chief electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenita Dinneen .... wardrobe: women
Marvin Hime .... costumer: jewels
Robert Magahay .... wardrobe: Mr. Boyd
Frank Somper .... furs
Music Department
Irving Friedman .... music supervisor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Other crew
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor
Leon Charles .... dialogue coach
Steve Peck .... choreographer (as Steven Peck)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
119 min
Color (Pathécolor)
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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This was the only film in which Tony Bennett played a fictional character. In his autobiography, "The Good Life", he states that it was a terrible experience and he never sought future roles.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The newspaper photos of Cheryl Barker hitting Frankie don't match the scene when it happens. She could have hit him twice (she was angry enough), and the photographers might have caught the second hit.See more »
Frankie Fane:Speaking of broads, whatever happened to Laurel?
Hymie Kelly:I married her.
Frankie Fane:Oh yeah? How is she?
Hymie Kelly:She died.
Frankie Fane:What'd you say?
Hymie Kelly:I said she died.
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45 out of 51 people found the following review useful.

There is no other way to concieve of this film getting made other than being the by-product of extraterrestrials intercepting tv signals of DYNASTY, MELROSE PLACE and the like and recreating them as a realistic depiction of the way Earthlings behave. This gets my vote as the most unintentionally fall-on-your-ass hilarious movie ever made; you simply can't write comedy this good! The dialogue must have turned John Waters chartreuse with envy, and the performance by Steven Boyd is akin to what if one of the THUNDERBIRDS marionettes had been cast in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLFE?. His body language is quite like some poor puppet being randomly jerked around while the puppeteer tries to shake off LSD-conjured spiders. And the incredibly strange dialogue from a knife-wielding strip joint owner:(attempting to be intimidating, with a crazy gleam in his eye and tossing his switchblade between both of his hands) "Pretty? Pretty?" No one in the history of civilization has ever talked like any of the characters in this film. If you are fortunate enough to have this unjustly out-of-print film at your local video store, not only should you rent it immediately, but you should invite over all of your friends and let them stare at this mess in slack-jawed amazement. A solid 10 on the laughs scale! And you will pee your pants at Tony Bennet's narration/ performance!!! RENT IT RIGHT NOW, FOR GOD'S SAKE!

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