Career 64 years old

Career

Playwright James Lee adapted his off-Broadway play for the screen in this high-strung adaptation, directed by Joseph Anthony. In this simplistic, backroom show-business-success saga, Anthony Franciosa plays Sam, a struggling young actor who will forsake his family and take any type of menial job in order to become a Broadway star. Dean Martin is on hand as Maury, an aspiring director also trying to claw his way up the ladder of success. When Maury gets his big break, Sam wants a part in his show, but when Maury, who is unwilling to cast Sam in the production, turns down Sam's request, Sam seduces and marries Maury's girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine). In spite of everything, Maury wants his girl back, and Sam agrees to a divorce on the stipulation that Maury cast him as the star in his next show. Once again, Maury reneges and, before Sam can exact his revenge, Uncle Sam comes to the rescue and he is drafted into the army.

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Career Cast

Name Character
Jerry Paris He was 34, 60 years old when he died as Allan Burke
Shirley MacLaine She was 25, now 90 years old as Sharon Kensington
Anthony Franciosa He was 30, 77 years old when he died as Sam Lawson
Dean Martin He was 42, 78 years old when he died as Maurice 'Maury' Novak
Yuki Shimoda He was 38, 59 years old when he died as Yosho
Carolyn Jones She was 29, 53 years old when she died as Shirley Drake
Joan Blackman She was 21, now 86 years old as Barbara Lawson Helmsley
Mary Treen She was 52, 82 years old when she died as Marie, Secretary to Shirley Drake
Marjorie Bennett She was 63, 86 years old when she died as Fan Magazine Columnist
Donna Douglas She was 26, 81 years old when she died as Marjorie Burke
Alan Hewitt He was 44, 70 years old when he died as Matt Helmsley
Chuck Wassil He was 26, 77 years old when he died as Eric Peters
Frank McHugh He was 61, 83 years old when he died as Charlie Gallagher
Robert Middleton He was 48, 66 years old when he died as Robert Kensington

Career Crew

Name Department
Joseph LaShelle as Director of Photography. He was 59 (89) years old when He died Camera
Hal Pereira as Art Direction. He was 54 (78) years old when He died Art
Sam Comer as Set Decoration. He was 66 (81) years old when He died Art
Arthur Krams as Set Decoration. He was 47 (73) years old when He died Art
Franz Waxman as Original Music Composer. He was 52 (60) years old when He died Sound
Warren Low as Editor. He was 54 (83) years old when He died Editing
Walter H. Tyler as Art Direction. He was 50 (81) years old when He died Art
Bert Granet as Writer. He was 49 (92) years old when He died Writing
James Lee as Screenplay. He was 244 (287) years old when He died Writing
James Lee as Theatre Play. He was 244 (287) years old when He died Writing
Joseph Anthony as Director. He was 47 (80) years old when He died Directing
Paul Nathan as Associate Producer. He was 102 (69) years old when He died Production
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Career (64 years)

  • Release day: Thursday, October 08, 1959
  • Runtime: 105 minutes