Sammy's irresistible rise to Hollywood success continues.
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
(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
[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?
Sure, Al, but that's not the question...
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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