Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
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The Stand-In 

Actress Grace Markham's job consists of being the stand-in for movie star Marion Clayton. Unable to accept that she's supremely untalented, Grace instead becomes embittered and blames the ... See full summary »

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Sam Rawlings
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Actress Grace Markham's job consists of being the stand-in for movie star Marion Clayton. Unable to accept that she's supremely untalented, Grace instead becomes embittered and blames the leading lady's popularity for her own dead-end show business career. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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19 July 1956 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Biting...like acid!
26 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode of "Four Star Playhouse" is interesting because in addition to starring in the show, Ida Lupino also wrote the story. It's a piece that is highly reminiscent of "All About Eve", "The Star" and other exposeés about conniving women who want to be Hollywood stars-- but has some original twists that make it worth your time.

When the show begins, you see Lupino's character receiving an Oscar. The narrator then takes the audience back in time to see how this woman's path to the Oscars began...as a lowly stand-in for a real star. What follows bites like acid and it's a tale involving jealousy, hatred and evil....and so, of course, it's very exciting and fun to watch. It also makes you wonder who Miss Lupino might have had in mind when she came up with the tale! All in all, a very interesting show with a nasty little twist. Well worth seeing.


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