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Playwright James Lee adapted his off-Broadway play for the screen in this high-strung adaptation, directed by Joseph Anthony. In this simplistic, backroom show-business-success saga, Anthony Franciosa plays Sam, a struggling young actor who will forsake his family and take any type of menial job in order to become a Broadway star. Dean Martin is on hand as Maury, an aspiring director also trying to claw his way up the ladder of success. When Maury gets his big break, Sam wants a part in his show, but when Maury, who is unwilling to cast Sam in the production, turns down Sam's request, Sam seduces and marries Maury's girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine). In spite of everything, Maury wants his girl back, and Sam agrees to a divorce on the stipulation that Maury cast him as the star in his next show. Once again, Maury reneges and, before Sam can exact his revenge, Uncle Sam comes to the rescue and he is drafted into the army. While Sam is in the army, the era of the communist witch hunts are in full flower, and since Sam and Maury were both members of the Communist Party, upon Sam's return home he discovers that they both are blacklisted. Their passion for success still burning bright, they decide to collaborate and put together an independent production that will either mark their complete success or their complete failure. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sam Comer Best Black and White Art Direction 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Tyler Best Black and White Art Direction 1959 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Anthony Franciosa Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1959 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edith Head Best Black and White Costume Design 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hal Pereira Best Black and White Art Direction 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joseph La Shelle Best Black and White Cinematography 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur Krams Best Black and White Art Direction 1959 Nominee

Cast

Dean Martin
as Maury Novak
Anthony Franciosa
as Sam Lawson
Shirley MacLaine
as Sharon Kensington
Carolyn Jones
as Shirley Drake
Joan Blackman
as Barbara
Robert Middleton
as Robert Kensington
Donna Douglas
as Marjorie Burke
Marjorie Bennett
as Columnist
Alan Hewitt
as Matt Helmsley
Frank McHugh
as Charlie
Mary Treen
as Shirley's Secretary
Chuck Wassil
as Eric Peters
Jerry Paris
as Allan Burke
Yuki Shimoda
Frank McHugh
as Charlie
Mary Treen
as Shirley's Secretary
Marjorie Bennett
as Columnist
Jerry Paris
as Allan Burke
Chuck Wassil
as Eric Peters
Alan Hewitt
as Matt Helmsley

Crew

Joseph Anthony
Director
Hal B. Wallis
Producer
Dalton Trumbo
Screenwriter
Bert Granet
Screenwriter
Joseph La Shelle
Cinematographer
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Jimmy Van Heusen
Songwriter
Sammy Cahn
Songwriter
Warren Low
Editor
Walter Tyler
Production Designer
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Arthur Krams
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
John P. Fulton
Special Effects
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