In the early 1920s Hollywood, Adolph Zitz, who surrounds himself with yes men, wants his movie studio, Rainbow, to be the greatest in town by making a movie called the "World's Greatest Lover" and finding that next star to outshine Rudolph Valentino as the renowned screen lover of his time. Mild mannered and somewhat hapless Rudy Hickman dreams of being such a movie star, he daydreaming about it so much that he is unable to hold onto his bakery jobs. With his supportive but highly hysterical wife Annie Hickman by his side, Rudy, using the stage name Rudy Valentine, pulls up stakes from Milwaukee and heads to Hollywood to try out for that part. He ends up getting a screen test like the thousands of other hopefuls flooding Hollywood for the chance. Annie, who loves the movies herself but who is naive from not having had much exposure to the world, has ulterior motives for going to Hollywood. Both Annie's Hollywood mission and Valentino himself will affect what happens to Rudy in ... Written by
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13 February 1978 (Denmark)
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O Maior Amante do Mundo
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
started writing the script whilst filming Silver Streak
(1976) which he was not a writer on. Wilder wrote his customary four drafts and then had created the story of Rudy Hickman who becomes Rudy Valentine. See more
The "audition" record that Rudy listens to is obviously an LP running at 33 1/3 rpm. LPs would not be invented until the late 1940s. See more
Now listen to me very carefully: The women in this country are so sex-starved, they'll accept the first pretty face that comes along and make him a star. Well, what the hell will they do when they hear that Rainbow Studios is going to find the greatest lover in America? I'm talking about someone who will make Rudolph Valentino look like a part-time nurse!
There is a credit to Frederico Fellini, who was not on the picture, 'for encouragement at the right time'. See more
Referenced in Something to Scream About
Written by F.D. Marchetti
Instrumental version played on the violin in Valentino's tent and at the end See more