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Malice in Wonderland

4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Hollywood gossip columnists Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper meet for lunch and renew their feud.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: S'more Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MQ58MW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 15, 2011
Format: DVD
Fans of Elizabeth Taylor have sought out this film on home video for years and -if you look at the prices being asked for old VHS copies - you'll see that there is still a need to have it released. Arny Schorr - a former Rhino exec, who created S'more Entertainment a few years ago to reissue on DVD many out of print titles - is giving fans what they want with this new DVD release - at a fair price.

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.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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Based on George Eels dual biography HEDDA & LOUELLA, this lavish network TV movie is good, dishy fun. Elizabeth Taylor offers a hilarious take on the infamous Louella Parsons (who she dealt with back in the day) and Jane Alexander is sensational as the more glamorous but equally ruthless Hedda Hopper. I loved this when it was first broadcast, and found that it lived up to my original opinion. I did not recall young Tim Robbins as Joseph Cotten, an actor who had the nerve to give one of these gossip queens a swift but celebrated kick in the rear. Great fun for anyone who loves old Hollywood or a chance to see two great actresses having a field day.
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Made for TV, this film is a MUST for anyone who wants to know how things were behind the scenes during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Louella Parsons & Hedda Hopper were the Dear Abby & Ann Landers of motion picture critics. Portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Alexander, the two had a love-hate relationship until they joined forces to take on the movie studios and their publishers. This film chronicles those events, most enjoyably. Don't expect Elizabeth as seen in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" or "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," but viewers will find "Malice in Wonderland" enjoyable, anyway. Don't miss this!!
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This is an entertaining story about two competitive gossip columnists, famous in their day, Luella Parsons and Hedda Hopper. I do not know how accurate it is, but it is based on facts. Elizabeth Taylor comes across as fawning, condescending, manipulating, and yet at the same time seems insecure and dependent; I've never seen her perform in any other role exactly like this. She is a talent. Jane Alexander does an excellent portrayal as Hedda Hopper, and done in a way that identifies her as a survivalist in the challenging industry of the movie world.
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. A It's just a pity a movie like that doesn't have any subtitles, even in English, that facilitate for other country people unverstand even more.
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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 knew both of the women so her take on luella parsons was very good also she did her speaking like luella did, this is a fun movie
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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. Jane Alexander did a better job acting her role as a Reporter. This is not one of Elizabeth,s better movies.
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This is an excellent movie.The 2 main characters are great at being fighting friends.They are both witches with a B.
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