The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)
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Tyro screenwriter Joel Coles makes a fool of himself at a Hollywood party, and finds out a few hard truths about life in the movie business.


Jeffrey Hayden


James Poe (teleplay), F. Scott Fitzgerald (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Nat Keough
Vera Miles ... Stella Calman
Rip Torn ... Joel Coles
Barry Sullivan ... Miles Calman
King Calder ... Card Player #2
Noreen Nash ... Woman #1
Lauren Gilbert Lauren Gilbert ... Man
Noel Drayton ... Card Player #1
John Hale John Hale ... Card Player #3
Harold Fong Harold Fong ... Butler
Lou Byrne Lou Byrne ... Woman #2 (as Lou S. Byrne)
Ruta Lee ... 'Eva'


Tyro screenwriter Joel Coles makes a fool of himself at a Hollywood party, and finds out a few hard truths about life in the movie business.

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

18 December 1962 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Four Star Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Closing credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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True face of Hollywood parties
10 February 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

This story belongs to the many tales showing the actual reality of behind the scene facts, the way actors, directors, producers work together between movies, how they spend their week ends, their vacations: altogether around a swimming pool, talking, joking, dancing, laughing, but always talking about business before stabbing each other for most of them. It's a battle field I am talking about, although the alcohol, the beautiful girls in bikini snooping around the swimming pool, the gigantic buffet and the romantic music given by the orchestra. The main character is a simple screen writer who spends a Sunday afternoon among the sharks, whilst he is not totally aware of what his close future will be. The Coen brothers would have been very good with such a scheme. The story sounds like a comedy but it also evokes something disgusting, some kind of a dream smasher for movie buffs, naive movie buffs who, with such tales, may have those dreams collapse. A must see.

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