Hollywood stands in front of a mirror, and is not displeased. A power-hungry producer (Kirk Douglas) does dirt in turn to a director (Barry Sullivan), an actress (Lana Turner), and a writer (Dick Powell). The three-part narrative structure -- stop and restart, stop and restart -- makes the movie seem even longer than it actually is (two hours), and none of the three stories really amounts to much. But there's a definite "inside" feeling to the whole thing, and scriptwriter Charles Schnee seems to be getting a lot off his chest. Gloria Grahame won the Supporting Actress Oscar for one of her less notable performances. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. (1952) — Duncan Shepherd
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