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Although Donald Sutherland has top billing in the credits and posters, he doesn't appear until roughly 40 minutes into the film. Similarly, the prominently billed Burgess Meredith only appears in the first half of the movie.
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The name of Donald Sutherland's character is "Homer Simpson" which is also a lead character name in The Simpsons (1989) and its spin-offs. Apparently, the naming is purely a coincidence, as the cartoon character was named after real people that cartoonist Matt Groening knew. As a gag, Donald Sutherland voiced a guest character in The Simpsons: Lisa the Iconoclast (1996) who meets the more famous Homer Simpson.
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This picture, about faded dreams in the Hollywood of the 1930s, actually garnered two Academy Award nominations, for Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall) and Best Supporting Actor (Burgess Meredith), but failed, like the film's major characters, to be successful.
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The original or working title of the movie's source 1939 Nathaniel West novel was "The Cheated".
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The faith-healing evangelist Big Sister (played by Geraldine Page) is based on Aimee Semple McPherson, a.k.a. Sister Aimee. Born in Canada, McPherson came to Hollywood in 1919, and founded the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. As depicted in the film, she was one of the first evangelists to use the new medium of radio to reach a widespread audience. In 1923, McPherson led the construction of Angelus Temple in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The temple, which still stands today, originally included two radio towers to broadcast her revival sermons. McPherson's revivals at the temple were regularly attended by thousands of people. She often employed faith healing during her sermons, and donations for the church were taken with the admonishment, "No coins, please." McPherson continued her revival broadcasts until 1944, when she died from an accidental drug overdose while on a tour in Oakland, California. She is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale in an elaborate grave adorned by white marble angels.
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Malcolm McDowell was asked to play a major role.
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The character Dick Powell in the movie is portrayed by his son Dick Powell Jr.
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Goldie Hawn turned down the role of Faye Greener which in the end was cast with Karen Black. Had Goldie accepted the role, it would reunite her with William Atherton right after their partnership in The Sugarland Express (1974).
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The apartment where Todd lives is in the style of a "bungalow court," which was very common in the 1930s.
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Dustin Hoffman was briefly attached to project.
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Final film or TV acting appearance of actor-producer-director William Castle.
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Jane Fonda, Goldie Hawn, and Jill Clayburgh all turned down the role of Faye Greener.
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Veteran actors Red Skelton, James Cagney and Eddie Albert were considered as possibilities for key roles in the film, most likely in the role played by Burgess Meredith.
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The film was made and released about thirty-six years after its source novel of the same name by Nathaniel West had been first published in 1939.
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Peter Bogdanovich was offered the chance to direct.
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Part of a cycle of movies made during the mid-1970s about Tinseltown, Old Hollywood and its Golden Age including the Silent Film era. The pictures include Inserts (1975), Valentino (1977), Nickelodeon (1976), Silent Movie (1976), The Wild Party (1975), The Last Tycoon (1976), Hearts of the West (1975), The Day of the Locust (1975), and The World's Greatest Lover (1977).
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Penultimate produced screenplay of veteran Hollywood screenwriter Waldo Salt whose final work was Coming Home (1978).
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Geraldine Page replaced Betty Field (who died shortly before filming began) in the role of Big Sister.
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After renting the apartment, Tod Hackett (William Atherton) hangs a print of 'A Masquerade, or, the Burial of the Sardine' by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. It can be seen again after the funeral.
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Millicent Lilian "Peg" Entwistle is the name of the woman who committed suicide by leaping off the 'Hollywood" sign. She is being talked about by a Tour Guide while Tod Hackett (William Atherton) & Faye Greener (Karen Black) are on a date.
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The film in which Faye, played by (Karen Black, has a speaking role is Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937). Eddie Cantor is plainly seen, but Black has been superimposed for her scene over Gypsy Rose Lee.
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The home of Claude Estee is the famous Ennis House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Los Angeles house is built of cast concrete blocks and based on a Mayan temple design. It was built in 1924.
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Using diffusion filters and camera angles that often let sunlight deflect off of characters and objects within the frame, Locust is one of the most beautifully photographed films of the 1970s, and Conrad Hall received one of its two Oscar nominations, for Best Cinematography.
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William Atherton, Burgess Meredith and Richard Dysart were all also featured in The Hindenburg (1975), released in the same year.
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The Buccaneer (1938) was the name of the big epic film being launched at the big premiere towards the end of this movie. This was a real life film made by Paramount Pictures in the 1930s, the studio that made this movie. Most of the titles which are referred to in this film in some way are actual Paramount titles from their 1930s period, others being Blonde Venus (1932) and I'm No Angel (1933).
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Sally Struthers campaigned for role of Faye Greener which in the end was cast with Karen Black.
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The name of the artwork painted by aspiring production designer Tod Hackett (William Atherton) was "The Burning of Los Angeles".
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The name of the famous Hollywood theatre seen at the end of the movie which launched the epic film The Buccaneer (1938) was Grauman's Chinese Theater.
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Geraldine Page and Paul Jabara; and three Oscar nominees: Karen Black, Jackie Earle Haley, Burgess Meredith.
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The name of the small Pekingnese dog that belonged to Audrey Jennings (Natalie Schafer) was "Froufrou".
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The last film performance of Jonathan Kidd. As in his second and probably best-remembered film, "Macabre" (1958), Kidd plays an undertaker.
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The name of the cheap digs boarding-house was the "San Bernardino Arms".
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William Castle: The veteran thriller and horror movie producer and director as a film director.
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