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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Also Known As:
O Maior Amante do Mundo
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
The name of Adolph Zitz, the studio mogul played by Dom DeLuise
, is a spoof of silent era producer presenter Adolph Zukor
. In real life, Zukor moved from exhibition into production, and eventually consolidated several smaller companies into creating Paramount Pictures, retiring from Paramount in 1959 where he stayed on as Emeritus CEO until 1976. Ironically, in the film, Zitz is the head of Rainbow Studios who are a rival to Paramount Pictures. See more
Interior of tour bus has sky lights that don't appear in exterior shots of vehicle. See more
I'm in the union.
There is a credit to Frederico Fellini, who was not on the picture, 'for encouragement at the right time'. See more
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Written by Al Dubin
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