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Act One (1963)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 26 December 1963 (USA)
Story of the life of writer/playwright Moss Hart.

Director:

Dore Schary

Writers:

Moss Hart (book), Dore Schary
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Hamilton ... Moss Hart
Jason Robards ... George S. Kaufman
Jack Klugman ... Joe Hyman
Sam Levene ... Richard Maxwell
Ruth Ford ... Beatrice Kaufman
Eli Wallach ... Warren Stone
Joseph Leon Joseph Leon ... Max Seigel
George Segal ... Lester Sweyd
Martin Wolfson ... Mr. Hart
Sam Groom ... David Starr
Sammy Smith Sammy Smith ... Sam H. Harris
Louise Larabee ... Clara Baum
David Doyle ... Oliver Fisher
Jonathan Goldsmith ... Teddy Manson (as Jonathan Lippe)
Bert Convy ... Archie Leach
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Storyline

Moss Hart's best-selling autobiography provided the basis for this colorful backstage story. The film depicts Hart as a struggling young playwright in 1929, searching for a sympathetic impresario. Although his manuscript is rejected by a Broadway tycoon, a less prominent manager finally agrees to produce it - on the condition that Hart will get George S. Kaufman, a leading comedy writer, to collaborate on the final script. Hart sets out to convince Kaufman of his play's value, and so begins one of the most famous partnerships in the American theatre. Written by alfiehitchie

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Primeiro acto See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The producers wanted Warren Beatty to star, but he wasn't interested. See more »

Goofs

As the train heads to Atlantic City, it is being pulled by a steam locomotive but the sound it makes is that of a diesel horn. See more »

Crazy Credits

"Curtain" (instead of "The End") See more »

Connections

Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 23 September 1963 (1963) See more »

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A Showbiz Yarn

The movie, unlike the weighty memoir upon which it was based, is a typical showbiz-in-the-1920s yarn about a young man making it big on Broadway in spite of his own insecurity and the many setbacks in the production of his first play. It is satisfying as such, with memorable performances by Jason Robards as the grumpy genius George S. Kaufman, Bert Convy as the struggling Archie Leach, and Eli Wallach as a Jed Harris-like obnoxious producer, and many other cameos of well known actors playing legendary New Yorkers of the day.

George Hamilton was too suave, too dapper, and just too damn pretty to be all that convincing as Moss Hart, but he was at his peak here, and he does a pretty good acting turn.

The story is predictable, but the movie still works, depicting a legend in an industry that loves legends about itself. There is a show playing in New York now based on the same material, and it is a huge hit. Maybe it portrays more of the poverty and the agony from which the real Moss Hart sprang, I don't know; but this movie hardly attempts to do that. Instead it gives us another fantasy of a time and place we love to think about and a life we would love to live. If you're not interested in that, this movie is not for you.


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