“I don’t want your charity — if I’m through as an actor, I’m through!”
Washed-up Hollywood actor Jack Andrus (Kirk Douglas) is given a chance by director Maurice Kruger (Edward G. Robinson) to coordinate the dubbing on his latest Italian melodrama, starring young hotshot Davie Drew (George Hamilton). When Kruger falls ill, Andrus (who has fallen in love with Hamilton’s girlfriend, Daliah Lavi) takes over directing duties.
There’s not much redeeming value in this overblown melodrama by director Vincente Minnelli, based on a novel by Irwin Shaw. The normally reliable cast of A-list actors fail to adequately develop their characters (Claire Trevor is particularly shrill and one-note as Kruger’s controlling wife), and the narrative covers ground trodden many times before. A major disappointment.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Daliah Lavi’s appealing performance as Douglas’s Italian love interest
No. Though this film is inexpicably lauded by many (and was voted by Godard as one of the best films of 1963!), it’s not must-see viewing. A much worthier “minor” Minnelli film (not listed in Peary’s book) is The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963), starring Glenn Ford and young “Ronny” Howard.