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.
Tag Archives: 1950s
The Doctor’s Dilemma (1958) Anthony Asquith, Leslie Caron, Dirk Bogarde, Alastair Sim, Comedy, Drama
Mrs. Dubedat loves and idolizes her artist husband, Louis, but he is dying of tuberculosis. She goes to a doctor and convinces him to save her husband. The doctor can keep only so many patients, and must choose who is worth saving, but is convinced that Louis’ artistic talents make him worthy.
Lawyer Thomas Farrell has made a career defending crooks in trials. He has never realized that there is a downside to his success, until he meets the dancer Vicki Gayle. She makes him decide to get a better reputation. But mob king Rico Angelo *insists* that he continues his services.
The rich young man Teddy Anker invests his money in the theater in the beginning of the 1920s. Whatever he does becomes a success. He falls in love with a dancer, Karin. He decides to put up a show with Karin as the leading lady, but for the first time one of his shows becomes an economic disaster.
Broadway director Bix Bixby, down on his luck (thanks to gambling), is reluctantly persuaded to go to West Point military academy (with Eve, his gorgeous assistant and on-and-off love) to help the students put on a show. Ulterior motive: to recruit student star Tom Fletcher for Harry Eberhart’s new production (Eberhart just happens to be Tom’s uncle). Then, Bixby finds that he himself must live as a cadet. Of course, sundered hearts come into the story also…
Merry Andrew (1958) Michael Kidd, Danny Kaye, Pier Angeli, Salvatore Baccaloni, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Juliette, or Key of Dreams / Juliette ou La clef des songes (1951) Marcel Carné, Gérard Philipe, Suzanne Cloutier, Jean-Roger Caussimon, Drama
Michel has stolen from his employer, Mr Bellanger, for the love of Juliette. He is now in jail. One night, while sleeping in his cell, he wakes up all of a sudden, the gates open and he finds himself in a strange village where all the inhabitants have lost their memory. There, meets Juliette again who seems to agree to marry a powerful man, who might well be Bluebeard…
J. C. Aldridge is out to corner the Christman tree market and has bought out all of his competitors except retired movie star Jack Holt. Unknown to Aldridge his foreman has his men sabotaging Holt’s operation so he will be able to sell trees at at a high price and then flee with the money double-crossing his boss. When there is a murder Aldridge arrives to investigate and, unknown to his men, takes a job as a tree cutter. Meanwhile, Roy is fighting to help Holt get his trees to market.
The Indian Tomb / Das indische Grabmal (1959) Fritz Lang, Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Walther Reyer, Adventure, Romance
Harald Berger and his Indian lover, the temple dancer Seetha, desperately flee from the shikaris (cavalry) of Eschanapur’s maharajah Chandra, who burn a whole village just for letting them pass invoking traditional hospitality. A spider weaves a web so the trackers won’t look for them in a Shiva temple, but she is caught outside, he left for dead after a steep fall into a crocodile-infested water.