Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer Jonathan Shields, as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer James Lee Bartlow, a star Georgia Lorrison and a director Fred Amiel. He is a hard-driving, ambitious man who ruthlessly uses everyone - including the writer, star and director - on the way to becoming one of Hollywood's top movie makers.
Kirk Douglas....Jonathan Shields
Walter Pidgeon....Harry Pebbel
Dick Powell....James Lee Bartlow
Barry Sullivan....Fred Amiel
Gloria Grahame....Rosemary Bartlow
Gilbert Roland....Victor 'Gaucho' Ribera
Leo G. Carroll....Henry Whitfield
Vanessa Brown....Kay Amiel
Paul Stewart....Syd Murphy
Ivan Triesault....Von Ellstein
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