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The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 9 February 1953 (Brazil)
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An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Charles Schnee (screenplay), George Bradshaw (story)
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Won 5 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Georgia
Kirk Douglas ... Jonathan
Walter Pidgeon ... Harry Pebbel
Dick Powell ... James Lee Bartlow
Barry Sullivan ... Fred Amiel
Gloria Grahame ... Rosemary
Gilbert Roland ... 'Gaucho'
Leo G. Carroll ... Henry Whitfield
Vanessa Brown ... Kay Amiel
Paul Stewart ... Syd
Sammy White Sammy White ... Gus
Elaine Stewart ... Lila
Ivan Triesault ... Von Ellstein
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Storyline

Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer Jonathan Shields, as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer James Lee Bartlow, a star Georgia Lorrison and a director Fred Amiel. He is a hard-driving, ambitious man who ruthlessly uses everyone - including the writer, star and director - on the way to becoming one of Hollywood's top movie makers. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

I took you out of the gutter . . . I can fling you back! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1953 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Tribute to a Badman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,558,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,367,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,373,000, 31 December 1963
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Won the most Oscars (five) at the 25th Academy Awards honoring films released in 1952, despite not being nominated for Best Picture. See more »

Goofs

In Lorrison's house, Shields directs the beam from a flashlight at a picture drawn on the wall. He then moves the flashlight, but the beam does not move with it. See more »

Quotes

'Gaucho': To give truth to a performance, there's nothing like love.
Georgia: Love is for the very young.
Lila: Love is for the birds!
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Oscar (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Blame Me
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Peggy King
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exceptional and full of lust, passion and betrayal
16 March 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This movie is actually a very high quality soap opera. The story is better, as is the acting and direction, but still down deep this is a soap. Now this isn't meant as a criticism, but this is more a description of all the plot twists and betrayals--sort of like a season of a typical soap squeezed into one movie.

Kirk Douglas does a really good job of portraying a sociopathic user--a Hollywood big-shot who stomps on all his friends and enemies alike in order to get ahead. He is the major star and focus of the film, despite it having a very strong supporting cast.

After you see this film, try to find the sequel, TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN. While it isn't quite as good, it's still an excellent film and shows what happens to people like Kirk once their star has faded.


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