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This is the story of the battle between 1940s and 50s gossip columnists Louella Parsons (Elizabeth Taylor, in one of her best roles late in her career) and Hedda Hopper (Jane Alexander, who seems to turn her personality way too quickly but is almost as "catty" as Taylor as the film proceeds) and was made by ITV to air on TV in 1985. It covers the years 1928 through 1944 and much of it takes place on the huge MGM lot. Both Taylor and Alexander hold the screen which nice supporting work by Richard Dysart (who many will remember as the head partner on "L.A. Law") as studio head L.B. Mayer and even a small role by Tim Robbins (early in his career) as actor Joseph Cotton. Fans of Hollywood lore will enjoy seeing "re-creations" of such famous folks as Bing Crosby, Clark Gabel and Orson Welles. (This was the period when he was making "Citizen Kane"). The budget for costumes was obviously high.
The film is "based on actual events" and there's a bit of Hollywood lore here. The film starts slow but it's at the one-hour mark that the claws come out and the dialogue has some of the juiciest barbs in this battle to be the "nosiest gossip columnist" reaches its peak.
The print is near perfect. The exterior scenes have a bit more sepia than the inside ones - but that's the way it was filmed. There are chapter stops but no bonus materials. (After all, this was made for TV, and networks rarely saved "deleted" scenes.
Thanks go to S'more for making this film available again.
Do not confuse this movie with others of the same name which are not even based on the same story; this is different than those.
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Elizabeth Taylor's less known movies are very difficult to find in my country. It was a very good acquision. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Adriano Ferreira da Silva
Manu tanks it's a very good performance. I l'ile very much Élisabeth Taylor and she plays very well it's a real pleasure.Published 22 months ago by Marc Travier
jane alexander and liz taylor were hoots as the infamous hedda hopper and louella parsons. its a real cat fight kind of a moviePublished on February 1, 2014 by Amazon Customer
ONLY DISAPPOINTMENT IS THAT I CAN ONLY PLAY ON MY PORTABLE DVD PLAYER , BUT OTHERWISE ALL GOOD AS IN AUDIO AND PICTURE QUALITY , THANKYOU FOR HAVING THIS LISTED TO BUYPublished on January 20, 2014 by KENAUSSIE
great little story of some history of the hollywood gossip machine back in the day. thought jane alexander did her part of hedda hopper great, also elizabeth taylor was great, she... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Linda Jennings
I thought Elizabeth,s part was not acted well . The story line was not good, Elizabeth was a Reporter who was put on a pedistal. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Doris M. Edwards
I saw this movie a long time ago and looked for it since, it's great! This movie has a lot of fine quality to it.i am a fan of old Hollywood moviesPublished on April 29, 2013 by Phyllis Rushcamp