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Malice in Wonderland (1985)

Struggling actress Hedda Hopper can't get a break in Hollywood, even though an acquaintance of hers is the extremely powerful gossip monger Louella Parsons - maker and breaker of careers (... See full summary »

Director:

Gus Trikonis

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Jacqueline Feather (teleplay), David Seidler (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Louella Parsons
Jane Alexander ... Hedda Hopper
Richard Dysart ... Louis B. Mayer
Joyce Van Patten ... Dema Harshbarger
Jon Cypher ... Dr. Harry 'Docky' Martin
Leslie Ackerman ... Harriet Parsons
Bonnie Bartlett ... Ida Koverman
Thomas Byrd Thomas Byrd ... William Hopper
Joel Colodner Joel Colodner ... Andy Kenderson
Rick Lenz ... Iceman
Mary McCusker ... Dot
John Pleshette ... Tommy Gallep
Eric Purcell Eric Purcell ... Orson Welles
Tim Robbins ... Joseph Cotten
Mark L. Taylor ... Howard Strickling
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Storyline

Struggling actress Hedda Hopper can't get a break in Hollywood, even though an acquaintance of hers is the extremely powerful gossip monger Louella Parsons - maker and breaker of careers (and lives) through her daily syndicated newspaper column. The big movie moguls, fed up with Parson's power over their stars, decide to de-claw her by setting up gossip Hopper as a competitor in the rumour industry. What they couldn't foresee was that Hopper would become as big as Parsons -- and every bit as much of a pain. Based on the true life stories of two of the most powerful (and arguably dangerous) women of Hollywood's heyday. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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In Hollywood, gossip is a lethal weapon!


Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rumor Mill See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Taylor got friend Peter Lawford a small part as a reporter. but, he couldn't get through a single day of filming and was replaced.Because Lawford Died -December 24, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA (liver and kidney disease) See more »

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As the camera pans down the street, on the curb is the painted number of either a house or building. They didn't paint number signs on the curbs back then. See more »

Quotes

Hedda Hopper: The only thing I'm wearing that belongs to me is my underwear.
Louella Parsons: It doesn't show.
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Crazy Credits

This motion picture is based on certain events in the lives of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons. However, some of the characters and incidents are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any such persons or incidents is entirely coincidental and unintentional. See more »

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The Reigning Two
1 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Although there were other movie columnists like Sheilah Graham and Jimmy Fidler by far the reigning two were Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper. At first Louella reigned alone with the backing of the Hearst newspaper syndicate and a radio show Hollywood Hotel. She had the studios in an uproar lest she report some indiscretion that one of their stars did. Their answer, create their own columnist to print their spoon fed publicity.

What Louis B. Mayer played here by Richard Dysart did is find the divorced much younger discarded trophy wife of stage immortal DeWolf Hopper who was struggling to make it as a character player. Hedda Hopper with some strong right wing opinions and a young son William Hopper to support seemed to be the right one. Dysart got the other studio moguls to go along.

It was their worst nightmare. Hedda got free of their control and they had two women now as the reigning purveyors of gossip and self appointed morals police of tinsel town. And the two couldn't stand each other.

Elizabeth Taylor who certainly had her life dissected by columnists plays Louella Parsons. Louella was a short dumpy woman and while Taylor gave it her best shot, I could never see Liz Taylor as short and dumpy. Parsons had a great source for gossip closed to all but her. Louella's husband John Martin was a doctor and his specialty was venereal disease. In his hands he held the celebrated privates of Hollywood. Why people went to him, God only knows. He's played here and underplayed by Jon Cypher.

Jane Alexander as Hedda Hopper is nothing short of outstanding. I remember Hedda Hopper in her last years on her favorite venue which before her death was Art Linkletter's House Party show. Alexander really got her down perfectly. By that time television had relegated print columnists as relics of a bygone era. Hopper had to go where the audience was. Hopper was a leading proponent of the Blacklist. That aspect of her was brought out in the film Trumbo.

Malice In Wonderland is an outstanding made for television feature. I wish it would come out on DVD and/or Blue Ray.


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