Unscrupulous movie producer Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas) is a child of Hollywood who ruthlessly toils his way to the top of the studio system, discarding movie star Georgia (Lana Turner), director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan) and writer James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell) along the way. Although Shields manipulates them and leaves each in despair, they find success in Hollywood, thanks in part to Shields, and must decide whether or not to repay him when he offers them a collaborative project.
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Writer: George Bradshaw and Charles Schnee
Producer: John Houseman
Cast: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland, Leo Carroll, Vanessa Brown, Paul Stewart, Sammy White, Elaine Stewart, Ivan Triesault, Kathleen Freeman, Jonathan Cott, Marietta Canty, Lucille Knoch, Steve Forrest, Perry Sheehan, Francis Bushman, Robert Burton, Madge Blake and Dorothy Patrick