Being a cinephile, I find myself watching at least one to two movies on TCM during my day. I’ve mentioned before on the site that when growing up I had almost no control of what TV shows or movies we watched in our living room…so I missed quite a few classic series and films. There is no greater joy for myself in my day than when TCM shows me a film that when it is over I just can’t believe that I never had the pleasure of watching it before.
This morning I caught TCM’s airing of the 1952 Vincente Minnelli (An American in Paris, Lust for Life) helmed The Bad and the Beautiful. The story deals with three mover and shakers in Hollywood that are called in to discuss helping the man who made them famous and powerful. Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas), the head of the down on it’s luck, Shields Studios.
The three individuals are film director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan), starlet Georgia Lorrison (Lana Turner), and screenwriter and novelist James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell). Each of them were friends of Jonathan but through the producers own actions he has forced them to turn away from him at his time of need.
The movie is the back story of each of the characters and how they came to be successful through Jonathan, perhaps I should say despite being involved with Jonathan.
This movie is a bit like Singing in the Rain in that it shows you the behind the scenes of the Golden Age of Hollywood…just not as brightly as the version we see in Gene Kelly’s film.
A big thanks to IMP Awards for the awesome poster and to I Am Only Love for uploading the trailer on YouTube.