Life's flotsam and jetsam turn up at late 1930's Hollywoodland's door, once more, in this insightful tale of wannabes and desperadoes. Tod Hackett, artist, has inspirations to become noticed until he meets Faye Greener, blonde bombshell, and is immediately smitten. She has other ideas. She has Homer Simpson, victim, in her sights and cruelty and loneliness takes new meaning as all three are slowly sucked into the Hollywood system of sycophants, diggers and parasites, sucking the life from others as the life, and soul, is slowly sucked from them. Written by
It happenend in Hollywood. But it could have happened in hell.
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Did You Know?
This picture, about faded dreams in the Hollywood of the 1930s, actually garnered two Academy Award nominations, for Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall
) and Best Supporting Actor (Burgess Meredith
), but failed, like the film's major characters, to be successful. See more
At the premiere of The Buccaneer
, the announcer calls special attention to Anthony Quinn
's bit part. In 1938, Quinn was a little-known 23-year-old at the start of his career, and his presence in that film would only be of widespread interest looking back a few decades later. See more
It isn't as splashy as some other places, but we pride ourselves on being a little classier.
[referring to a large crack in the plaster wall
Hmmm, the crack's real.
Oh yes. We call this our earthquake cottage. Mrs. Porter had occupancy then. During the big one in '33. Property damage ran into the millions.
Will you fix it if I stayed for a while?
Oh no! No! This is our showplace. Mrs. Porter wouldn't let us touch that wall. She worked that sampler herself to cover over the hole. ...
Referenced in Ellie Parker
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Paul Williams See more