Frankie Fane has clawed his way to the top of the Hollywood heap. Now, as he's preparing to win his Oscar, his friend Hymie Kelly reminisces over their life together, and Frankie's ruthless struggle to the top and the people he's stepped on (i.e., everyone else in the movie) to make it there. Written by
Merle Oberon presents the Best Actor in the Academy Awards sequence. According to Oscar tradition, the Best Actor and Best Actress are presented by the previous year's winner in the category honoring the opposite sex. Oberon was nominated as Best Actress of 1935, but she has never won an Oscar. See more »
The newspaper photos of Cheryl Barker hitting Frankie don't match the scene when it happens. She could have hit him twice (she was angry enough), and the photographers might have caught the second hit. See more »
Things haven't been going so good for us the past couple of months, have they?
What you mean is, I'm not workin', so I'm a creep!
You could get a job, Frankie. It wouldn't kill you.
Tell me all about it. You twitch your hips and you think that's ten years on the road guy. Well, nobody ever gave me a dime that I didn't have to sweat for! So knock off with this lazy slob routine!
You hurt me, Frankie!
Send me a bill.
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Ruthless young actor will stop at nothing for that Oscar nomination
I also love this movie. I first saw it about 12-15 years ago on a short-lived series on TNT called "Bad movies we love" or something like that. For many years I traditionally watched it right before the Oscar broadcast. The "Airplane" of bad movies, the hilarious dialogue just keeps coming. I taped it from a pay TV source many years ago, but would also buy a pristine VHS or DVD copy. Jill St. John's finest hour. Struggling young actor,impatient for stardom, steps on everyone he meets on his way to an Oscar nomination. Terrible overacting by nearly everyone involved, and ridiculous,riotous dialogue make this a classic guilty pleasure. Made at a time when Hollywood was not yet consciously making "bad" movies. Great fun.
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