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The Oscar (1966)

| Drama | 8 July 1966 (UK)
Snotty Hollywood actor becomes even more full of himself after he's nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Director:

Russell Rouse

Writers:

Richard Sale (novel), Harlan Ellison (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Boyd ... Frank Fane
Elke Sommer ... Kay Bergdahl
Milton Berle ... Kappy Kapstetter
Eleanor Parker ... Sophie Cantaro
Joseph Cotten ... Kenneth Regan
Jill St. John ... Laurel Scott
Tony Bennett ... Hymie Kelly
Edie Adams ... Trina Yale
Ernest Borgnine ... Barney Yale
Ed Begley ... Grobard
Walter Brennan ... Orrin C. Quentin
Broderick Crawford ... Sheriff
James Dunn ... Network Executive
Edith Head ... Edith Head
Hedda Hopper ... Hedda Hopper
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Storyline

Frankie Fane has clawed his way to the top of the Hollywood heap. Now, as he's preparing to win his Oscar, his friend Hymie Kelly reminisces over their life together, and Frankie's ruthless struggle to the top and the people he's stepped on (i.e., everyone else in the movie) to make it there. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

The dreamers and the schemers...the hustlers and the hopefuls...the free-loaders and the phonies...the fakers and the famous...all fighting for the highest possible award! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 July 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El Óscar See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Lawford's cameo here as a washed-upwashed-up actor reduced to working as a restaurant host is sadly indicative of Lawford's real life situation at the time. After a falling out with Frank Sinatra got him "banished" from The Rat Pack, Lawford found on-screen work of any kind hard to come by. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the yacht Frankie says he pushed a rack on 28th street. The garment center in New York City is between 34th & 40th streets. See more »

Quotes

Alfred 'Kappy' Kapstetter: Have you ever seen a moth smashed against a window? Leaves the dust of its wing. You're like that, Frankie. You leave a powder of dirt everywhere you touch.
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References Hollywood zonder make-up (1955) See more »

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Thanks for the Memory
by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
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Ruthless young actor will stop at nothing for that Oscar nomination
20 October 2005 | by shell46nopaddleSee all my reviews

I also love this movie. I first saw it about 12-15 years ago on a short-lived series on TNT called "Bad movies we love" or something like that. For many years I traditionally watched it right before the Oscar broadcast. The "Airplane" of bad movies, the hilarious dialogue just keeps coming. I taped it from a pay TV source many years ago, but would also buy a pristine VHS or DVD copy. Jill St. John's finest hour. Struggling young actor,impatient for stardom, steps on everyone he meets on his way to an Oscar nomination. Terrible overacting by nearly everyone involved, and ridiculous,riotous dialogue make this a classic guilty pleasure. Made at a time when Hollywood was not yet consciously making "bad" movies. Great fun.


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