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The Oscar (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 8 July 1966 (UK)
Snotty Hollywood actor becomes even more full of himself after he's nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Director:

Russell Rouse

Writers:

Richard Sale (novel), Harlan Ellison (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Boyd ... Frank Fane
Elke Sommer ... Kay Bergdahl
Milton Berle ... Kappy Kapstetter
Eleanor Parker ... Sophie Cantaro
Joseph Cotten ... Kenneth Regan
Jill St. John ... Laurel Scott
Tony Bennett ... Hymie Kelly
Edie Adams ... Trina Yale
Ernest Borgnine ... Barney Yale
Ed Begley ... Grobard
Walter Brennan ... Orrin C. Quentin
Broderick Crawford ... Sheriff
James Dunn ... Network Executive
Edith Head ... Edith Head
Hedda Hopper ... Hedda Hopper
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Storyline

Frankie Fane has clawed his way to the top of the Hollywood heap. Now, as he's preparing to win his Oscar, his friend Hymie Kelly reminisces over their life together, and Frankie's ruthless struggle to the top and the people he's stepped on (i.e., everyone else in the movie) to make it there. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

The dreamers and the schemers...the hustlers and the hopefuls...the free-loaders and the phonies...the fakers and the famous...all fighting for the highest possible award! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 July 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El Óscar See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Cited as the perfect Good Bad Movie by John Wilson, who founded the Razzie Awards for the worst in film in 1981. Wilson noted in 2017 that one of the things he loves about the film is that the Academy Awards actually let the production film during a real Oscars ceremony, not having any idea how bad the movie was. He also noted with amusement that Tony Bennett was for some reason cast as a half-Jewish, half-Irish character. See more »

Goofs

The newspaper photos of Cheryl Barker hitting Frankie don't match the scene when it happens. She could have hit him twice (she was angry enough), and the photographers might have caught the second hit. See more »

Quotes

Kenneth Regan: These are exhibitors' reports, they speak very clearly and very loudly. They say do not send any more Frank Fane product. Send *botulism* or *typhus*, don't send Fain.
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 3 (2018) See more »

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Thanks for the Memory
by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
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Watch this one around Academy Award time for greater (?) effect!
4 March 2000 | by captainotSee all my reviews

The Academy Award. The Oscar. Hollywood's token of prestige and honor. Many try for it. Many fail. Some succeed. A lot of films have been made about the Oscars. Some good. Some bad. This one is completely off the map!

This movie is the story of an actor up for an Oscar. Sounds simple right? That's what the name says on the movie poster. We then spend the entire movie watching his slow struggle to the top, going through the ranks, overcoming adversity, and finally achieving the nomination. Sounds pretty good, yes?

But when your hero is Stephen Boyd, an actor who majored in overacting and vein-popping, when the script uses every movie cliche in the book, when the directing is at best horrible, you're in for a rough voyage.

Throw in Milton Berle as Boyd's agent and it gets ugly. Uncle Miltie plays it straight, trying to garner a real Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. An hour into this movie, you're praying Berle will dress in drag just to lighten things up. His whole performance screams "Nominate Me!"

However, this movie was doomed when Tony Bennett was given the role of Boyd's best friend/narrator of the film. This was Tony's only starring role and after 10 seconds, you'll know why. Acting just wasn't his forte. Bennett remains emotionless and motionless when others speak in the film. But when his cue comes up, you can see the twinkle in his eye, his arms flail, and he delivers the line. He wisely stuck to his day job after this movie.

Look for Hedda Hopper in this film, just months before she died.


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