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What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 2 

Sammy's irresistible rise to Hollywood success continues.


Delbert Mann


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Episode credited cast:
Sidney Blackmer ... H.L. Harrington
Larry Blyden ... Sammy Glick
Norman Fell ... Sammy's Brother
John Forsythe ... Al Manheim
Jay Lawrence Jay Lawrence ... Sheik Romero
Horace McMahon ... Mike Crowley (as Horace MacMahon)
Dina Merrill ... Laurette Harrington
Nelson Olmsted ... Ben Osborne
David Opatoshu ... Sidney Fineman
William Post Jr. ... Lucky Westover
Barbara Rush ... Kit Sargent
Milton Selzer ... Julian Blumberg
Monique van Vooren ... Zizi Molnari
Earl Wilson ... Earl Wilson


Sammy's irresistible rise to Hollywood success continues.

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4 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Around 1956, Eddie Fisher and his agent Lew Wasserman were discussing roles for Fisher's acting debut. A project being discussed at the time was "What Makes Sammy Run?" by Budd Schulberg and Stuart Schulberg. Fisher wanted to play aggressive producer Sammy Glick, "the ultimate Jewish hustler. I knew a lot of real Sammy Glicks and I felt confident that was a character I could play." Lew Wasserman decided that the character was too much of a classic negative Jewish stereotype and that it would be bad for Fisher to play it. So Fisher went in the complete opposite direction (in retrospect, perhaps too far) with then-wife Debbie Reynolds in the squeaky clean comedy that Fisher hated, Bundle of Joy (1956), a film made to capitalize on the birth of their daughter, future Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) "Princess Leia" Carrie Fisher. The Schulberg project "What Makes Sammy Run?" was eventually produced in 2 parts for this show, episodes #1.2 and #1.3. See more »


[last lines]
Al Manheim: [speech slightly slurred from drunkenness; standing at edge of a desk at which Sammy Glick is seated] You always think you can stop me, Sammy. Year after year, you've been choking me off whenever you want. Well wait and see. I'm gonna finish that play. I'm gonna call it, "Success," or, "What Makes Sammy Run?" Big question. What makes Sammy run?
Sammy Glick: Sure, Al, but that's not the question...
Al Manheim: I've gotta know. I've got to find the answer to that question once and for all. I've gotta know.
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An excellent conclusion.
21 March 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"What Makes Sammy Run" is an incredibly jaded look at Hollywood. It follows the career of Sammy Glick--a guy who would probably shoot his own mother if he thought it would help his career! And, it makes for a very interesting and very jaded look at Hollywood--much in the tradition of films like "The Great Man", "Death of a Scoundrel" and "What Price Hollywood?". But we all know that unlike this movie, Hollywood couldn't possibly filled with such conniving, dishonest jerks (ha!!).

This film is based on a best-selling novel by Bud Schulberg--the screenwriter and son of one of Hollywood's biggest execs (B.P. Schulberg was the head of production for Paramount for some time). You assume as the big wig's son, he got his fill of phonies and jerks--and this fills this film from start to finish.

This review is part for two of the film. It was shown on two subsequent Sunday evenings on American television but is available now on DVD. Unfortunately, the DVD producers are jerks and FORCE you to watch commercials before you can actually see the movie--a bad trend I am noticing more and more. But, considering how good the acting and (especially) the writing are, it's worth putting up with this bull.

We pick up with Sammy Glick after he's completed his first film. Now, his goals become higher and higher--moving up the studio food chain until he's within sight of becoming head of the studio. All the while, you see the story told from the point of view of a man who can't stand Sammy--Al (John Forsythe). Like part one, this one is jaded and fascinating from start to finish--and well worth your time.

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