The Bad and the Beautiful


The Bad and the Beautiful

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This film shows via flashback the stories of three famous movie people whose lives were forever changed by their association with a manipulative, ruthless movie producer. The three come together at the producer's request; he wants them to work together on mutually hated Jonathon Shields' newest big-budget production.

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Kirk Douglas
as Jonathan Shields
Lana Turner
as Georgia Lorrison
Walter Pidgeon
as Harry Pebbel
Dick Powell
as James Lee Bartlow
Barry Sullivan
as Fred Amiel
Gloria Grahame
as Rosemary Bartlow
Gilbert Roland
as Victor 'Gaucho' Ribera
Leo G Carroll
as Henry Whitfield
Vanessa Brown
as Kay Amiel
Paul Stewart
as Syd Murphy
Ivan Triesault
as Von Ellstein
Kathleen Freeman
as Miss March
Jonathan Cott
as Assistant Director
Lucy Knoch
as Blonde
Steve Forrest
as Leading Man
Perry Sheehan
as Secretary
George J. Lewis
as Actor in Screen Test
William 'Bill' Phillips
as Assistant Director
Madge Blake
as Mrs. Rosser
Jay Adler
as Mr. Z
Peggy King
as Singer
Louis Calhern
as Voice on the Recording
Bess Flowers
as Joe's Friend at Party
Harold Miller
as Mourner at Shields Funeral
Sandy Descher
as Little Girl
Dabbs Greer
as Studio Lighting Technician
Ned Glass
as Wardrobe Man
Sarah Spencer
as Reporter
William E. Green
as Hugo Shields
Norma Jean Salina
as Bobby-Soxer
Chris Olson
as Amiel's Boy
Kathy Qualen
as Bobby-Soxer
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Critic Reviews for The Bad and the Beautiful

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Audience Reviews for The Bad and the Beautiful

A Kirk Douglas film, has to be based or meant to base a director that played a part in his career, just to factual to be a made up story. Its about a director that is pretty much ruthless, shows the story of three people who basically were made famous thru his ruthless actions. A good ole Black & White. 4 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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"Will you help him get started again? Will you work with him just this once?" Three people: a Pulitzer Prize winning writer (Dick Powell), a beloved actress (Lana Turner), and an Oscar winning director (Bernard Sullivan) ; all connected by one man (Kirk Douglas). A charismatic, volatile, unknowable movie producer (with some serious daddy issues) who in the past brought all three of them great success in their careers, before selfishly taking actions that caused them all to vow to never work with him again. But now, it's years later and he needs all their help to make a movie (and a comeback). Will they help him, or are the scars of the past to painful to forgive? The Bad and the Beautiful grew on me as it went along, and I found myself really enjoying it. The three self-obtained stories that make up the movie were very interesting, and Kirk Douglas and the rest displayed some fantastic acting (especially in the second story, which was my favorite). This was my first exposure to Douglas and Turner, and they were both absolutely great. As were the rest of the cast. The Bad and the Beautiful is a must-see for those who like films about the movie industry. It's dramatic, captivating, and just very satisfying in that ageless, old school kind of way. Recommended.

Lewis C.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

A good movie about the movie industry, and with a good cast. I liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


In Hollywood, where the producer is king, it's kind of hard to make a film about what complete bastards movie producers are. The Bad and the Beautiful attempts to tackle this precarious subject matter, but it still feels kind of tame. Witness other "insider" films of the era: All About Eve, or Sunset Boulevard. They both went after their respective subject matter with no holds barred, and no attempts to pretty up the ugliness. Kirk Douglas plays Jonathan Shields, a scumbag producer who uses more talented people and then throws them aside when they've served their purpose. The film takes the approach that Shields is simply doing what must be done in order to get the films made, that these creative individuals (a director, an actress and a writer, respectively) would never see their projects come to fruition without his guiding forceful presence to get things done. It's a bit of a stretch to suggest there's anything heroic about what Shields does, as he could give some credit to those who helped create his career. In any event, I'm not entirely sure the film wasn't supposed to try (and fail) to generate sympathy for Shields. Our sympathies are meant to be torn, but Shields is so loathsome it negates the conflict of emotion we in the audience are supposed to feel. What goes on in Hollywood, what ugliness goes into the pictures that make us laugh and smile? The Bad and the Beautiful is a nice attempt at exposing hollywood's dirty secrets, but it's too wishy washy to be really effective.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

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