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See You in Hell, Darling (1966)

An American Dream (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 28 October 1966 (UK)
A TV talk-show host who may have killed his wife finds himself being pursued by both the police and a gang of hoods.

Director:

Robert Gist

Writers:

Mann Rubin, Norman Mailer (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Whitman ... Stephen Richard Rojack
Janet Leigh ... Cherry McMahon
Eleanor Parker ... Deborah Kelly Rojack
Barry Sullivan ... Police Lt. G. Roberts
Lloyd Nolan ... Barney Kelly
Murray Hamilton ... Arthur Kabot
J.D. Cannon ... Police Sgt. Walt Leznicki
Susan Denberg ... Ruta
Les Crane Les Crane ... Nicky
Warren Stevens ... Johnny Dell
Joe De Santis ... Eddie Ganucci
Stacy Harris ... Detective O'Brien
Paul Mantee ... Shago Martin
Harold Gould ... Ganucci's Attorney
George Takei ... Attorney Ord Long
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Storyline

A TV talk-show host who may have killed his wife finds himself being pursued by both the police and a gang of hoods.

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'An American Dream' ... is a private nightmare of lust, violence and murder! ... where a bed is a battlefield and love is armed combat ...! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

See You in Hell, Darling See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Janet Leigh's singing voice was dubbed by Jackie Ward. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Richard Rojack: Bulletin: My wife's back from Malta. One of the first to know. She made it a point to call me personally and tell me that in Malta she shared her bed with a bald-headed middle-aged gentleman with a beard.
Arthur Kabot: Yeah, she always was great on the details, wasn't she?
Stephen Richard Rojack: What do you do, hmm? Whaddya' do? What the hell do ya' do?... Never marry a rich woman, Artie. There's no way to prove to the rich that you're not after their money. And how they punish you for not loving them for themselves.
Stephen Richard Rojack: [...]
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Connections

Referenced in Lusting Hours (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

A Time for Love
Music by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Janet Leigh (dubbed by Jackie Ward)
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Absymally written, nihilistic melodrama
4 July 2011 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

How did Warner Brothers and producer William Conrad get such a fine "A" cast for this sudser? Keep in mind, Janet Leigh and Eleanor Parker were not that long off their "A" list roles in "Harper" and "The Sound of Music," respectively. Keep in mind that Stuart Whitman had just come off "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines." This is the worst written movie based upon a book by a fine novelist (Norman Mailer) I've seen, except, perhaps, for "Mr. Budwing" (written by Evan Hunter). Interestingly, both films have "A" list actors and both were released in 1966. Perhaps more unfortunate is the lack of chemistry between Whitman and Janet Leigh. In order for this tripe to even begin to work requires a smoldering passion between the leads. Further, Leigh looks at least 10 years older than her 39 years, and she is playing a 29 year old(!). Parker looks more glamorous (and younger, at 44) as the drugged-out wife. Too bad, producer William Conrad didn't hire Israeli actress Ina Balin for the Leigh role. Balin was the right age and provided considerable sexual tension with Whitman in "The Commancheros".

Mailer's storyline is so stupidly contrived it is impossible to believe. If Mailer's intent was cynicism to the point of nihilism, he only succeeded by making all the characters behave as idiots.

The only really worthwhile elements of the film are the song (Oscar nominated) and the performances of Eleanor Parker and Lloyd Nolan (as Parker's father). They bring luster, albeit briefly to a movie more akin to a cow pie.

I give "An American Dream" a "3".


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