Sunday Showcase (1959–1960)
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What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 2 

Sammy's irresistible rise to Hollywood success continues.



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Episode credited cast:
H.L. Harrington
Sammy's Brother
Jay Lawrence ...
Sheik Romero
Mike Crowley (as Horace MacMahon)
Laurette Harrington
Ben Osborne
Sidney Fineman
Lucky Westover
Milton Selzer ...
Julian Blumberg
Zizi Molnari
Earl Wilson


Sammy's irresistible rise to Hollywood success continues.

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Release Date:

4 October 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 (1956), a film made to capitalize on the birth of their daughter, future Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) "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 »


[last lines]
Al Manheim: [speech slightly slurred from drunkenness; standing at edge of a desk at which Sammy Glick is seated] You always think you can stop me, Sammy. Year after year, you've been choking me off whenever you want. Well wait and see. I'm gonna finish that play. I'm gonna call it, "Success," or, "What Makes Sammy Run?" Big question. What makes Sammy run?
Sammy Glick: Sure, Al, but that's not the question...
Al Manheim: I've gotta know. I've got to find the answer to that question once and for all. I've gotta know.
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Part 2 of the TV adaptation of "What Makes Sammy Run?" was even better than the first
12 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

After watching and reviewing the first part of the TV adaptation of Budd Schulberg's "What Makes Sammy Run?" (which he collaborated with his brother Stuart on the teleplay), I immediately viewed the second hour part on the DVD. In this part that aired the following week, Sammy Glick (Larry Blyden) has had a successful run of hit movies of which some credit goes to one of his writers-and former dating partner-Kit Sargent (Barbara Bush). One of those other writers, however, a one Al Manheim (John Forsythe), who was also one of Glick's former New York paper colleagues, decides to get back to his former grounds at the Big Apple as he reluctantly says goodbye to Kit as he's fallen for her. It's only when Glick needs someone to write a newspaper picture that he manages to get Manheim back...This second part was even better than the first as producer/directer Delbert Mann hits on all cylinders as he pushes the drama forward. Besides the three leads I mentioned, there were also very compelling performances by Sidney Blackmer as studio head H. L. Harrington, Dina Merill as his daughter Laurette, David Opatoshu as head of production Sidney Fineman, and, in a nice surprise from his later better-known role of Mr. Roper on "Three's Company", Norman Fell as Seymour Glick, Sammy's closer-to-his-roots brother. Fell, especially, is very effective in his role. So on that note, these episodes of the anthology series "Sunday Showcase" were a nice surprise discovery when I checked these out from my local library. They're well worth seeing.

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