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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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Won 5 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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FORECAST: So powerful, so wonderful, it's headed for the "10 BEST" list of 1953! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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When Jonathan is shining the flashlight at the girl up the roof, at one point he aims it away from her, but the light remains steadily focused on her legs. See more »

Quotes

James Lee: Yes, this is James Lee Bartlow... Paris?... Mr. Shields!... is Mr. Shields paying for this call?... All right, put him on... Hello, Jonathan? Drop dead.
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Don't Blame Me
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Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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The Good and the Under-Appreciated
15 April 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

There are those who find this one dated, shallow, unconvincing, poorly acted, blah!, blah!, blah! To each his own. If you're in the mood for Hollywood at its most self-indulgent, though, both in story and treatment, this one's for you!

It surprises me that Vincente Minnelli wasn't even nominated for his direction of this film, which was generously rewarded on Oscar night in various categories, and that David Raksin was also overlooked for his very fine and expressive score. Lana, so often underrated as an actress, gives quite a performance and Minnelli was especially appreciative of what she could do. He's quoted as saying, "She had great depth and color and rose to the part..." in an interview in which he reveals that her hysterical flight in her automobile was accomplished in just one take! Take that Kim Basinger!

The CD now available includes a quite interesting Turner Classic Movies documentary, "Lana Turner...A Daughter's Memoir," with Cheryl Crane gracefully sharing some memories, a scoring session with music cues, and two theatrical trailers: for "The Bad and The Beautiful" and its CinemaScope/Metrocolor "sequel," also starring Kirk Douglas, scored by David Raksin and directed by Minnelli, "Two Weeks in Another Town," which was far and away more over-the-top than its predecessor.


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