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The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 9 February 1953 (Brazil)
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An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Charles Schnee (screenplay), George Bradshaw (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Georgia
Kirk Douglas ... Jonathan
Walter Pidgeon ... Harry Pebbel
Dick Powell ... James Lee Bartlow
Barry Sullivan ... Fred Amiel
Gloria Grahame ... Rosemary
Gilbert Roland ... 'Gaucho'
Leo G. Carroll ... Henry Whitfield
Vanessa Brown ... Kay Amiel
Paul Stewart ... Syd
Sammy White Sammy White ... Gus
Elaine Stewart ... Lila
Ivan Triesault ... Von Ellstein
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Storyline

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 - including the writer, star and director - on the way to becoming one of Hollywood's top movie makers. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

I took you out of the gutter . . . I can fling you back! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1953 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Tribute to a Badman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,558,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,025
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lana Turner plays an actress whose career started as a movie extra. Turner started her own career as an extra in A Star Is Born (1937). See more »

Goofs

When we see Jonathan driving a car for the first time, he drives on the left-hand side of the road. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan: When an audience pays to see a picture like this, what are they paying for?
Fred: To get the pants scared off of 'em.
Jonathan: And what scares the human race more than any other single thing?
[crosses to wall switch and turns out the light]
Fred: The dark!
Jonathan: Of course. And why? Because the dark has a life of its own. In the dark, all sorts of things come alive.
Fred: Suppose... suppose we never do show the cat men. Is that what you're thinking.
Jonathan: Exactly.
Fred: No cat men!
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Temptation
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Hadda Brooks with Milton Raskin at the piano
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that bad, bad producer
18 May 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

A story of betrayals and misunderstandings in the festering underbelly of Hollywood; this is Vincente Minnelli's cool expose of the workings of a producer (Kirk Douglas, as one of the movies' great detestable characters) and the effect he has on those who come into contact with him: a director who feels abandoned yet goes on to produce his greatest work (Barry Sullivan); an actress who is rescued from semi-alcoholism and turned into a star (Lana Turner, in one of her trademark parts); and a prize-winning novelist who is uprooted to shape his book for the screen (Dick Powell, in one of his last film roles before moving into television and film directing).

We see their stories in a series of flashbacks, linked by the three enemies of Douglas coming together in the office of studio biggie Walter Pidgeon – who coolly reminds them of the good things the producer brought to their lives along with the bad. There are other good performers in smaller roles – Gloria Grahame as Powell's twittery wife, Gilbert Roland as the Latin temptation, and so on. ‘The Bad and the Beautiful', filmed in good old black and white, has plenty of meat to keep you watching. Only the slightly twee ending lets it down, but you can't have everything.


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