Michael King is a seedy writer of sleazy pulp genre novels under a half dozen sensational pseudonyms whose ambition is to dictate 10,000 words per minute to stenographers a la Earle Stanley Gardner. He's recruited by the agent of Preston Gilbert, a quirky ex-Hollywood star currently living reclusively in exile in Malta, to help him write his biography. Despite being pursued by an enigmatic hit man, Gilbert has a large entourage of eccentrics and remains an inveterate practical joker. After Gilbert is eventually murdered by an apparent priest, King tries to stay alive himself while interacting with a variety of idiosyncratic characters including an ersatz princess, a henpecked clairvoyant, and a cross-dressing hit man. Written by
G. Taverney (email@example.com)
Write it. Live it. But try not to be it.
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Did You Know?
Mike Hodges always wanted Mickey Rooney for the role of Preston Gilbert, but did also consider Elisha Cook Jr. for the part for a time until Rooney committed to the film. See more
When Mickey Rooney is singing Italian songs with a band at an outside banquet, the band calls out for "Sorrento...Torn'a Sorrento." Rooney accedes --- "OK, let's go back to Sorrento," whereupon the band and he break into a rendition of "Santa Lucia" instead !. See more
[said about the clairvoyant
He had eyes like blood-shot oysters.
and introducing NADIA CASSINI See more
References Boys Town
Music by Teodoro Cottrau See more