In the early 1920s Hollywood, Adolph Zitz, who surrounds himself with yes men, wants his movie studio, Rainbow, to be the greatest in town by making a movie called the "World's Greatest Lover" and finding that next star to outshine Rudolph Valentino as the renowned screen lover of his time. Mild mannered and somewhat hapless Rudy Hickman dreams of being such a movie star, he daydreaming about it so much that he is unable to hold onto his bakery jobs. With his supportive but highly hysterical wife Annie Hickman by his side, Rudy, using the stage name Rudy Valentine, pulls up stakes from Milwaukee and heads to Hollywood to try out for that part. He ends up getting a screen test like the thousands of other hopefuls flooding Hollywood for the chance. Annie, who loves the movies herself but who is naive from not having had much exposure to the world, has ulterior motives for going to Hollywood. Both Annie's Hollywood mission and Valentino himself will affect what happens to Rudy in ...
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13 February 1978 (Denmark)
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Also Known As:
O Maior Amante do Mundo
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
conceived the idea for this movie during late 1975 when Wilder said to his friend, Production Designer Terence Marsh
, that he would like to play Rudolph Valentino
's double, with Valentino playing a silent secondary supporting role to his stand-in leading character. Marsh loved the concept, and Wilder proceeded to develop the picture. See more
The "audition" record that Rudy listens to is obviously an LP running at 33 1/3 rpm. LPs would not be invented until the late 1940s. See more
Gentlemen, I am not a child and I do not wish to be treated as one. Is that understood?
Group of yes men
Good. Now, here's the question: If you went up to any bum in the street and asked him which is the biggest movie studio in Hollywood, what would he say? Joe?
Yes Man #1
Well, Rainbow Studios, home of the stars.
All right now. All right, I don't want any of that baloney. Wes?
Yes Man #2
I would say Wainbow. Wainbow Studios. It's the wargest and the best.
Save it. Save that yes-man shit. You think I need this kind of ...
There is a credit to Frederico Fellini, who was not on the picture, 'for encouragement at the right time'. See more
You Oughta Be in Pictures
Music by Dana Suesse
Played when Rudy walks on the set for his audition See more