What Makes Sammy Run? (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

What Makes Sammy Run? (1959)

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Academy Award-winning director Delbert Mann adapts author Budd Shulberg's scathing critique of the Hollywood studio system to the small screen in this drama originally aired as part of the NBC anthology series Sunday Showcase. Sammy Glick (Larry Blyden) may be an amoral hustler, but sometimes that's what it takes to make it in Hollywood. Seizing an opportunity to work his way up through the ranks, a lowly copy boy quickly gains a reputation as one of the most powerful players in town. Completely restored and remastered, the entire two-part broadcast of What Makes Sammy Run? provides a new generation the opportunity to finally experience a long lost Hollywood classic. John Forsythe, Barbara Rush, and Dina Merrill co-star.

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Critic Reviews for What Makes Sammy Run?

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

The adaptation pulls a few punches regarding ethnicity and union-organizing, but as primetime network fare, it's surprisingly "mature."

February 18, 2009 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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The television production was carried by the blistering performance of Blyden.

April 20, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A powerful production and a sterling reminder of the glory days of 1950s television.

February 15, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
EDGE Boston

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