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In Harold Robbins' fictional account of early Hollywood movie making, pioneer filmmaker Johnny Edge comes to Hollywood in the early 20th century with dreams and helps build the orange-grove community into an entertainment capital.




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Series cast summary:
Mark Harmon ...  Johnny Edge 2 episodes, 1980
Vincent Gardenia ...  Peter Kessler 2 episodes, 1980
Morgan Fairchild ...  Dulcie Warren 2 episodes, 1980
Brianne Leary Brianne Leary ...  Doris Kessler 2 episodes, 1980
Robert Picardo ...  Mark Kessler 2 episodes, 1980
Eve Arden ...  Coralee 2 episodes, 1980
Kaye Ballard ...  Esther Kessler 2 episodes, 1980
Morgan Brittany ...  Astrid James 2 episodes, 1980
Red Buttons ...  Bruce Benson 2 episodes, 1980
Robert Culp ...  Henry Farnum 2 episodes, 1980
Howard Duff ...  Charles Slade 2 episodes, 1980
José Ferrer ...  George Pappas 2 episodes, 1980
Robert Goulet ...  Craig Warren 2 episodes, 1980
David Groh ...  Rocco Salvatore 2 episodes, 1980
Carolyn Jones ...  Vera 2 episodes, 1980
Fernando Lamas ...  Conrad Stillman 2 episodes, 1980
Ray Milland ...  Lawrence Radford 2 episodes, 1980
Jan Murray Jan Murray ...  Murray Tucker 2 episodes, 1980
Chris Robinson ...  Zack Larsen 2 episodes, 1980
Don 'Red' Barry ...  Capt. Casey 2 episodes, 1980
Lola Mason Lola Mason ...  Harriet Farnum 2 episodes, 1980
George Petrie ...  Fraser 2 episodes, 1980
Seth Wagerman Seth Wagerman ...  Bobby Edge 2 episodes, 1980
Lauren White Lauren White ...  Thelma Benson 2 episodes, 1980
Ray Young ...  Hansen 2 episodes, 1980
Chao Li Chi ...  Chinese Man 2 episodes, 1980
Jerry Daniels Jerry Daniels ...  Waiter 2 episodes, 1980
Paul 'Mousie' Garner ...  Baggy Pants 2 episodes, 1980
Jeff Greenberg Jeff Greenberg ...  Christie Set Director 2 episodes, 1980
Laura Jerome Laura Jerome ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 1980
Michael Kostroff ...  Brooklyn A.D. 2 episodes, 1980
Lawrence Levine 2 episodes, 1980
Marius Mazmanian Marius Mazmanian ...  French Film Director 2 episodes, 1980
Jade McCall Jade McCall ...  Man in Bar 2 episodes, 1980
Frances E. Nealy Frances E. Nealy ...  Millie 2 episodes, 1980
Michel Pitton Michel Pitton ...  Raoul 2 episodes, 1980
Dorit Stevens Dorit Stevens ...  Helene 2 episodes, 1980
Matthew Tobin Matthew Tobin ...  Abortionist 2 episodes, 1980
Fredd Wayne ...  Mr. Humber 2 episodes, 1980
Ouida White Ouida White ...  Miss McVey 2 episodes, 1980


In Harold Robbins' fictional account of early Hollywood movie making, pioneer filmmaker Johnny Edge comes to Hollywood in the early 20th century with dreams and helps build the orange-grove community into an entertainment capital.

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1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Traumfabrik See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The character "Johnny Edge" (Mark Harmon) is loosely based on the real life of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle. See more »

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sorry, pal, Sony's asleep
12 August 2014 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

Message to the first of the other two reviewers:

Sony doesn't listen to ardent fans. It doesn't give one little flying f**k to our pitiful cries for the re-issuing of beloved film. It cares not one little damn. Neither does any of the other big names. Neither does the network executives. It's all about the quest for your dollar in the most mainstream way. They catch more fish when we're all in the same barrel.

No use hoping, we will never see our old favorites restored to the full glory that is DVD. Just the new stuff, for the bleating sheep out there, ooh Spiderman 2, ooh Iron Man 3, ooh screw that stupid sh** 4...

Look, they pulled the plug on THE SECRET CIRCLE and threw away the key. And if they could do that, what chance does THE DREAM MERCHANTS have?

I saw it years ago when it was still new. I just vaguely remember that Morgan Fairchild was in it. The only real scene I remember is that of a (director?) pleading: "If I don't see it down here, how is anybody gonna see it up there?"*, referring to an actress's indifference to the camera.

But we are well into the next century now, and even if my life depended on getting to see this one more time... (give a long, world-weary sigh, wipe away a tear, go make some coffee)

Hang on to your dear memories, my friend!

*perhaps not the exact words, but something to that effect.

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