The Oscar

"The breath-taking race for Hollywood's highest award!"

Frank Fane (Stephan Boyd) is an actor whose main goal in life is to win an Oscar. In flashbacks narrated by Hymie Kelly, Fane's career is examined from his beginnings. His days as a cabaret performer, Frank Fane, his friend Hymie Kelly, and Laurel Scott get in trouble with the law. The three performers find their way to New York. Laurel is in love with him, but not knowing that she is pregnant, Frank sets his mind on dress designer, Kay Bergdahl.

Frank charms a drama coach. Sophie Cantaro is attracted to his looks and fiery temper. Because of her, he gets an agent and a contract with a big Hollywood producer.. Frank becomes arrogant and treats everybody badly. His old friend Hymie is called on to become his companion and public relations man.

Because of Frank’s arrogant and mean tactics, he makes countless enemies. Although the critics loved his most recent movie, it bombs at the box office and the studio drops his contract. When he hears that he is being nominated for an Oscar for the film, Frank hires a private detective, Barney Yale, to leak stories of Frank's of troubled his past to the press, in hopes of winning the Academy boards sympathy, but Barney begins to blackmail him instead.

The night of the Oscars arrive. Frank Fane is sitting alone. He has stepped on everyone that use to care for him. It doesn't matter to him because his main goal is to win the Oscar. The lights go down and the curtains rises. Bob Hope emcees the event and as the show moves along, it is finally time for the best actor award. Actress Merle Oberon is presented with the envelope. She smiles and says the name Frank. He slowly rises from his seat, smiling. Sinatra is the next thing he hears. Frank Fane looks down, his dream is shattered.

PG
| 1966 | 1 hr 59 min | 5.1/10
Cast
Stephen Boyd, Elke Sommer, Milton Berle, Eleanor Parker
Director
Russell Rouse
Language
English
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Also directed by Russell Rouse