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Walter Winchell, star gossip columnist/broadcaster from the '30s to the '50s here gets the telefeature treatment. Bit of a hero, bit of a heel, he seems an altogether more banal figure than the monstrous extrapolation played by Burt Lancaster in Sweet Smell of Success - which may have been less 'true' but which felt much more convincing. Superficiality is the rule, from Plummer's Santa Claus of an FDR to Tighe's lightweight Hearst. Tip for budding broadcasters: a bit before going on air Winchell would allegedly guzzle pints of water, so that the famous urgency with which he tore through his script was absolutely genuine.

By: BBa

Release details

Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Paul Mazursky
Screenwriter: Scott Abbott
Cast: Stanley Tucci
Glenne Headley
Christopher Plummer
Kevin Tighe
Paul Giamatti
Paul Mazursky