A businessman sitting in his office inexplicably finds that he is on a production set and in a world where he is a movie star. Uninterested in the newfound fame, he fights to get back to his home and family.
Arthur Curtis is sitting his office chatting with secretary about plans for his daughter's birthday party and that he and his wife will be flying off for a couple of days of rest and relaxation. Suddenly he hears someone yell "cut" and he realizes he on a movie sound stage. He can't understand what has happened to him. Everyone refers to him as Gerry Reagan, but he insists that he is Arthur Curtis. He runs off but can't find any of the familiar landmarks he knows such as his house or his place of work. He is desperate to return to the world of Arthur Curtis but that window of opportunity may be closing on him. Written by
When Arthur Curtis first sees his wife in his office at the very end of the shot, the film goes in reverse for less than a second. You can see Arthur Curtis move backward and Mrs. Curtis' handbag swing back abruptly - both in the exact same motion as when going forward. See more »
You're looking at a tableau of reality, things of substance, of physical material: a desk, a window, a light. These things exist and have dimension. Now this is Arthur Curtis, age thirty-six, who also is real. He has flesh and blood, muscle and mind. But in just a moment we will see how thin a line separates that which we assume to be real with that manufactured inside of a mind.
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Arthur Curtis (Howard Duff) is a businessman with a wife, a daughter. and a nice secretary...or is he who he thinks he is? Suddenly he sees a film director and crew in the office and the 'secretary' Sally (Gail Kobe- her first of three TZ) who is now an actress with her feet up on the desk calls him 'MR REGAN'. Then he finds everyone says he is Gerry Reagan, an actor who is only playing a character called Arthur Curtis.
An intriguing story as Howard Duff displays much torment as the conflicting identities character. The woman who claims to be his wife divorcing him, Nora Reagan (Eileen Ryan) could surely kill either 'character' with her stare. Miss Ryan's strong performance as the scary Norma seems to bring him to cold reality, but is this terrible shrew real? Duff is excellent as the woeful, confused 'businessman' or 'movie actor'.
All becomes clear...well at least I think it does!
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