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The Bad and the Beautiful

Cast

Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell View All


Crew

Vincente Minnelli (Director), Charles Schnee (Screenplay), George Bradshaw (Story) View All

Release: Dec. 25th, 1952
Runtime: 1 hour, 58 minutes
Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer, Jonathan Shields, as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer, James Lee Bartlow; a star, Georgia Lorrison; and a director, Fred Amiel. He is a hard-driving, ambitious man who ruthlessly uses everyone on the way to becoming one of Hollywood's top movie makers.
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Iroquois
The framing device is because of his former superior (Walter Pidgeon) calling together three of Douglas' erstwhile collaborators - a director (Barry Sullivan) who worked with Douglas from their lowly beginnings, an actress (Lana Turner) who Douglas picked to star in his movies, and a writer (Dick Powell) who moves to Hollywood to write for the movies.
Gideon58
I have nothing against black and white films, but a film set in Hollywood about Hollywood seemed to scream for color and why one of the best Hollywood eyes for movie color chose to abandon it here was a mystery.
Citizen Rules
A once powerful movie producer (Kirk Douglas) who built the careers of three former friends: an actress (Lana Turner), a director (Barry Sullivan) and a writer (Dick Powell) ask them for help in making one more movie.


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