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Name the pre-1970 film


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The woman maneuvers her way out to the terrace, quickly joined by the smitten man.  She recognizes him, tellling him they'd met before.  When they leave, he invites her to dinner.  She demurs, saying she has a business dinner, to meet people to help promote her latest film.

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The movie star discloses they had met years before, but doesn't say where.  She does state he had just had a big hit, and she looked through the newspapers to get information about a follow-up, but doesn't see any; the next time she reads about him was in the society pages, when he was marrying a rich heiress.   He states must've been years before, since he hadn't had a hit in a long time.

They both realize they have previous engagements to get to.  The man attempts to give the movie star a ride to her hotel, but can't remember where he left his car.  They share a cab to his destination. 

 

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On 1/18/2019 at 9:54 AM, Arturo said:

One last chance with a different type of clue, since no one seems to get it  

The main actor plays a Broadway director, and had played the same type of role in a more acclaimed film 2 years earlier.

Probably time to wrap this one up

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On 1/18/2019 at 6:54 AM, Arturo said:

One last chance with a different type of clue, since no one seems to get it  

The main actor plays a Broadway director, and had played the same type of role in a more acclaimed film 2 years earlier.

Last clue:  The actress who played the movie star was in real life involved with the director of the earlier film.  He won Best Director for that film.  However, since he was married and wouldn't divorce, this sent the actress into a depression she never quite overcame.

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2 hours ago, Arturo said:

Last clue:  The actress who played the movie star was in real life involved with the director of the earlier film.  He won Best Director for that film.  However, since he was married and wouldn't divorce, this sent the actress into a depression she never quite overcame.

Figured it out. The movie is Night Without Sleep. Gary Merrill is the lead actor and Linda Darnell is the actress. Linda Darnell and Joe Mankiewicz (All About Eve was the earlier Mankiewicz  directed film and the film  Gary Merrill played the Broadway director) had a real life affair but he refused to get a divorce. Linda was an alcoholic and suffered severe depression over her affair with Joe Mankiewicz.

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48 minutes ago, lavenderblue19 said:

Figured it out. The movie is Night Without Sleep. Gary Merrill is the lead actor and Linda Darnell is the actress. Linda Darnell and Joe Mankiewicz (All About Eve was the earlier Mankiewicz  directed film and the film  Gary Merrill played the Broadway director) had a real life affair but he refused to get a divorce. Linda was an alcoholic and suffered severe depression over her affair with Joe Mankiewicz.

Lavender,

Great Job as always.  All the particulars are correct.

If no one had gotten it, I would've next said the leading man in this film married in real life his leading lady in the earlier film (Bette Davis).  A lot of cross-fertilisation between the renowned earlier classic, and this largely forgotten film.

Your thread.

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