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Release Date:
14 July 1981 (Sweden) See more »
Fictionalized behind-the-scenes machinations of early Hollywood movie-making. | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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Historical Soap Opera of Hollywood's Early Daze See more (3 total) »


  (in credits order)

Mark Harmon ... Johnny Edge

Vincent Gardenia ... Peter Kessler

Morgan Fairchild ... Dulcie Warren
Brianne Leary ... Doris Kessler

Robert Picardo ... Mark Kessler

Eve Arden ... Coralee

Kaye Ballard ... Esther Kessler

Morgan Brittany ... Astrid James

Red Buttons ... Bruce Benson

Robert Culp ... Henry Farnum

Howard Duff ... Charles Slade

José Ferrer ... George Pappas

Robert Goulet ... Craig Warren
David Groh ... Rocco Salvatore

Carolyn Jones ... Vera

Fernando Lamas ... Conrad Stillman

Ray Milland ... Lawrence Radford
Jan Murray ... Murray Tucker
Chris Robinson ... Zack Larsen

Don 'Red' Barry ... Captain Casey
Lola Mason ... Harriet Farnum
George Petrie ... Fraser
Seth Wagerman ... Bobby Edge

Lauren White ... Thelma Benson
Ray Young ... Hansen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chao Li Chi ... Chinese Man
Jerry Daniels ... Waiter

Paul 'Mousie' Garner ... Baggy Pants
Jeff Greenberg ... Christie Set Director
Laura Jerome ... Nurse

Michael Kostroff ... Brooklyn A.D.
Lawrence Levine (as Larry Levine)
Marius Mazmanian ... French Film Director
Jade McCall ... Man in Bar
Frances E. Nealy ... Millie (as Frances Nealy)
Michel Pitton ... Raoul
Dorit Stevens ... Helene
Matthew Tobin ... Abortionist
Fredd Wayne ... Mr. Humber
Ouida White ... Miss McVey

Directed by
Vincent Sherman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard De Roy 
Chester Krumholz 
Harold Robbins  novel

Produced by
Hugh Benson .... producer
Larry Kostroff .... associate producer
Milton Sperling .... executive producer
Original Music by
George Duning 
Cinematography by
Gerald Perry Finnerman 
Film Editing by
Donald Douglas 
Richard Van Enger Jr.  (as Dick Van Enger Jr.)
Casting by
Jerold Franks 
Al Onorato 
Art Direction by
John Beckman 
Ross Bellah 
Set Decoration by
John H. Anderson  (as John Anderson)
Audrey A. Blasdel  (as Audrey Blasdel-Goddard)
Lowell Chambers  (as Lowell J. Chambers)
Costume Design by
Grady Hunt 
Makeup Department
Laura Lee Grubich .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Karl Silvera .... makeup artist
Production Management
Larry Kostroff .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Aldworth .... assistant director
Robert M. Rolsky .... second assistant director (as Bob Rolsky)
Art Department
John Sexton .... property master
John Sweeney .... set dresser
Sound Department
Don Cahn .... sound re-recording mixer
Lee Chaney .... sound editor
Richard Friedman .... sound editor (as Dick Friedman)
Gene Garvin .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Kaufman .... sound editor
Steve Olsen .... sound editor
Richard Wagner .... production sound mixer
James G. Williams .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jim Williams)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... cable person (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Marcel Vercoutere .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
David Calloway .... camera operator (as Dave Calloway)
Walter Cripps Jr. .... key grip (as Walter Cripps)
Anthony Pistone .... gaffer (as Tony Pistone)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cliff Chally .... wardrobe: men
Patricia Zinn Etheridge .... wardrobe: women (as Pat Zinn)
Editorial Department
Abe Lincoln Jr. .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Erma E. Levin .... music editor
Transportation Department
Leif Sand .... transportation captain
Other crew
Rosemarie Clemente-Johnstone .... script supervisor (as Rosemarie Clemente)
Louis H. Goldstein .... location manager
Tad Tadlock .... choreographer

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USA:240 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The character "Johnny Edge" (Mark Harmon) is loosely based on the real life of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle.See more »


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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Historical Soap Opera of Hollywood's Early Daze, 9 September 2001

Cheese, cheese and more cheese. Mix Harold Robbins' pot-boiling plot (that unfolds in the early days of the Hollywood studio systems) with that "80s Dynasty-esque glamour" and you're left with some bad acting, bad dialogue, and some historical inaccuracies. However, you just gotta love hissing at the screen when bad girl Morgan Fairchild appears to chew up some scenery!

If you love bad miniseries from the 80s, here's one for you.

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