George Peppard plays a hard-driven industrialist more than a little reminiscent of Howard Hughes. While he builds airplanes, directs movies and breaks hearts, his friends and lovers try to reach his human side, and find that it's an uphill battle. The film's title is a metaphor for self-promoting tycoons who perform quick financial takeovers, impose dictatorial controls for short-term profits, then move on to greener pastures.Written by
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The slide rule that Jonas holds after talking with Buzz and Phil (Morrissey) at the aircraft factory is of 1960's plastic construction; a slide rule of the period would be made of wood, visible as such at the ends. See more »
If you don't know who Alan Ladd is, then disregard the rest of this review.
Without Ladd, this is a fun, early 60s splashy scandalous colorful morality tale with pricey production values.
With Ladd, it's a study of old hollywood historical roman a clefs surrounding Howard Hughes and the early days of moving pictures. Ladd, a hollywood legend who the fans loved, but who critics usually dismissed, and whose star had faded to a dim glow by now, plays a role he's too old for, but works it beyond his historical acting abilities, and gives this big hit of its time the only soul it has.
This movie is doubly good if you love movies and know a bit about hollywood history.
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