Did You Know?
Around 1956, Eddie Fisher
and his agent Lew Wasserman
were discussing roles for Fisher's acting debut. A project being discussed at the time was "What Makes Sammy Run?" by Budd Schulberg
and Stuart Schulberg
. Fisher wanted to play aggressive producer Sammy Glick, "the ultimate Jewish hustler. I knew a lot of real Sammy Glicks and I felt confident that was a character I could play." Lew Wasserman
decided that the character was too much of a classic negative Jewish stereotype and that it would be bad for Fisher to play it. So Fisher went in the complete opposite direction (in retrospect, perhaps too far) with then-wife Debbie Reynolds
in the squeaky clean comedy that Fisher hated, Bundle of Joy
, a film made to capitalize on the birth of their daughter, future Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
"Princess Leia" Carrie Fisher
. The Schulberg project "What Makes Sammy Run?" was eventually produced in 2 parts for this show, episodes #1.2 and #1.3. See more
[moves across bedroom to stand in front of a dresser with a mirror, picks up an invitation and reads from it, talking to a woman getting dressed in another part of the room
"Worldwide Pictures requests the pleasure of your company at a dinner honoring Mr. Samuel Glick."
[tosses invitation down on dresser top, looks in mirror and begins tying a black bowtie
That's our Sammy.
[continues to quote parts of the invitation from memory
"... the occasion of his ...