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Malice in Wonderland (1985)

Struggling actress Hedda Hopper can't get a break in Hollywood, even though an acquaintance of hers is the extremely powerful gossip monger Louella Parsons - maker and breaker of careers (... See full summary »

Director:

Gus Trikonis

Writers:

Jacqueline Feather (teleplay), David Seidler (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Louella Parsons
Jane Alexander ... Hedda Hopper
Richard Dysart ... Louis B. Mayer
Joyce Van Patten ... Dema Harshbarger
Jon Cypher ... Dr. Harry 'Docky' Martin
Leslie Ackerman ... Harriet Parsons
Bonnie Bartlett ... Ida Koverman
Thomas Byrd Thomas Byrd ... William Hopper
Joel Colodner Joel Colodner ... Andy Kenderson
Rick Lenz ... Iceman
Mary McCusker ... Dot
John Pleshette ... Tommy Gallep
Eric Purcell Eric Purcell ... Orson Welles
Tim Robbins ... Joseph Cotten
Mark L. Taylor ... Howard Strickling
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Storyline

Struggling actress Hedda Hopper can't get a break in Hollywood, even though an acquaintance of hers is the extremely powerful gossip monger Louella Parsons - maker and breaker of careers (and lives) through her daily syndicated newspaper column. The big movie moguls, fed up with Parson's power over their stars, decide to de-claw her by setting up gossip Hopper as a competitor in the rumour industry. What they couldn't foresee was that Hopper would become as big as Parsons -- and every bit as much of a pain. Based on the true life stories of two of the most powerful (and arguably dangerous) women of Hollywood's heyday. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rumor Mill See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jane Alexander replaced Lauren Bacall who left before filming. See more »

Goofs

As the camera pans down the street, on the curb is the painted number of either a house or building. They didn't paint number signs on the curbs back then. See more »

Quotes

Hedda Hopper: The only thing I'm wearing that belongs to me is my underwear.
Louella Parsons: It doesn't show.
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Crazy Credits

This motion picture is based on certain events in the lives of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons. However, some of the characters and incidents are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any such persons or incidents is entirely coincidental and unintentional. See more »

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Referenced in The Stepfather Chronicles (2009) See more »

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A rather dull experience
21 May 2014 | by istuart0See all my reviews

I first came across these two harpies when I read Kenneth Anger's superb "Hollywood Babylon". His waspish descriptions of this brace of bitches is both hysterically witty and makes you eager to learn more about them. I bought "Hedda and Louella" by George Eells from The Strand book shop in New York but found it rather plodding - I didn't wade too far into the tome. Apparently, this film is based on that book and I was hoping it would be a condensed precis that would make me re-engage with the book, but it didn't. My word, is it dull! The script is dull, the direction - is there any? - is dull and the performance of most of the actors with the exception of Dame Liz and Richard Dysart (who disappointingly plays Louis B. Mayer as a human being instead of the baby eating ogre Kenny Anger makes him out to be). Oh for the film version of "Hollywood Babylon"!


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