The lives and romantic entanglements of a group of young adults who have achieved "overnight" success in Los Angeles.



Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Carroll Barber
Ann Goode
Karen Hood
Ken Hood
Nona Bruce
Susan Moore
Linda Murray
Carl Barber
Jack Goode
Richard Baskin ...
Eric Wood
Allan F. Nicholls ...
David Howard
Mike Kaplan ...
Russell Linden (as Mike E. Kaplan)
Jeannette Ross


This mosaic comedy-drama tells the story of a La Ronde-like circle of romantic adventures and failed affairs centered around a songwriter named Carroll Barber and his father Carl Barber. There is a trail of Carroll's past relationship spread throughout the city of Los Angeles. Barber is an aloof womanizer who cannot commit to any relationship, and is used to illustrate the loneliness of Los Angeles big-city life. Among the women in his life are Ann Goode, a lonely real estate agent, Karen Hood, a Valley housewife addicted to taxi rides, Linda Murray, a woman prone to vacuuming in the nude and Nona Bruce, the snapshot-taking mistress of a wealthy man. Written by thustlebird

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City of the One Night Stands.


Drama | Music | Romance


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28 April 1978 (West Germany)  »

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Benvindo a L.A.  »

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John Wayne was originally going to play the part of Carl Barber. However, due to budget overruns and delays, Wayne had to be replaced by Denver Pyle. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the actors are credited with an accompanying still picture and their character name. See more »


Featured in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »


The Best Temptation of All
Written and performed by Richard Baskin
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Added it to one of my alltime favourites
2 January 2005 | by (Berlin, Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie late at night. I was sitting in front of the TV with headphones on because my girlfriend was already sleeping. Although I had to sit in a rather uncomfortable position in front of the TV and it was already 2.00 in the morning I was fascinated from the beginning and completely forgot about being tired and just wanted to enjoy the atmosphere of the film.

I loved this movie, maybe because I have a fascination for California and LA myself. I don't have much else to say which hasn't been posted in the other comments but the I never have read so different opinions on any movie. There seem to be a great amount of people who love it (like me) and some who think its the worst film of all time. It reminds me of the way people talk about LA itself.

They way this film polarizes makes it an outstanding piece of art, definitely worth seeing - like the city itself.

As I said - one of my favourites - cant wait to see it again on TV.

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