Cast: Adler Jay; Andrews Stanley; Astar Ben; Bishop John; Bradford Marshall; Burton Robert; Bushman Francis X.; Calhern Louis; Carroll Leo G.; Carson Robert; Conaty James; Cott Jonathan; Davidoff Alexis; Davis Bob; Douglas Kirk; Dunham Phil; Dunhill Steve; Farnum Franklyn; Farrar James; Forrest Steve; Gerstle Frank; Glass Ned; Grant A. Cameron; Greene William E.; Greer Dabbs; Harris Sam; Holmes Stuart; Jordan Ted; Kasznar Kurt; Keane Joseph; Kemp Kenner G.; Lally Mike; Lewis George J.; Marion Paul; Maxey Paul; Miller Harold; Molyneaux Patrick J.; Moore Roger; Norris Richard; O’Brien William H.; O’Malley Pat; Olsen Christopher; Phillips William ‘Bill’; Pidgeon Walter; Powell Dick; Power Paul; Roland Gilbert; Scannell Frank J.; Sherwood George; Simpson Reginald; Stewart Paul; Sullivan Barry; Tannen William; Tovey Arthur; Triesault Ivan; Walker Ray; Wayne Harte; White Sammy; Williams Larry; Wilton Eric; Yorke Douglas; Billingsley Barbara; Blake Madge; Brooks Hadda; Brown Vanessa; Canty Marietta; Comerford Janet; Culver Lillian; Descher Sandy; Flowers Bess; Freeman Kathleen; Golm Lisa; Graffeo Phyllis; Grahame Gloria; King Peggy; Knoch Lucy; McAvoy May; Needles Ellanora; Patrick Dorothy; Qualen Kathy; Sheehan Perry; Smaney Mabel; Stewart Elaine; Turnell Dee; Turner Lana; Verne Kaaren; Houseman John; Bradshaw George; Schnee Charles; Surtees Robert; Raksin David; Rose Helen; Minnelli Vincente; Nervig Conrad A.; Romero Alex
Taglines: I took you out of the gutter . . . I can fling you back!
The story of a blonde who wanted to go places, and a brute who got her there – the hard way!
Storyline: Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer Jonathan Shields, as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer James Lee Bartlow, a star Georgia Lorrison and a director Fred Amiel. He is a hard-driving, ambitious man who ruthlessly uses everyone – including the writer, star and director – on the way to becoming one of Hollywood’s top movie makers.
Three successful movie industry people – an actress, a writer and a director – are invited to a major studio to hear a pitch from Jonathan Shields, an out of work movie producer to whom they all owe their success. In flashbacks, we learn how and why each of them has come to hate him completely. Fred Amiel, the director, was an assistant director until Shields gave him his big break; when he hires someone else to direct Amiel’s dream project, it’s the end. For Georgia Lorrison, an actress, Shields made her into a major star. When he pursues other women, it also marks the end of their professional relationship. For the writer, James Lee Bartlow, Shields plucked him out of some sleepy southern college town and turned one of his novels into a hit movie. Once again, Shields steps over the line when he arranges for a famous Latin movie star to squire Mrs. Bartlow around and tragedy ensues.