Cameos


What's the story on the cameo appearances of Dietrich, Fonda, Garfield & Meredith? This is a fairly lackluster picture, otherwise.

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I was oh so close to turning this movie off after just a few minutes. The director did a terrible job, Frachot Tote, if I've spelled his name correctly, was a lousy lead actor in this, and I can't help but feel that all who worked on this project felt a lack of accomplishment when viewing the finished product.

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None of them cared as a paycheck was the reason they came to work.

Nothing is more beautiful than Oscar Homolka.

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That's a rather flippant answer, and while it's no doubt true for many actors, at least sometimes, it's certainly not the case with the actors making cameo appearances in this movie. They could have made much more money in starring roles, and they had plenty of those to choose from.

These stars were sympathetic to the political statement this movie was attempting to make, in the midst of so much "better dead than Red" hysteria, epitomized by Senator Joe McCarthy & the HUAC hearings a few years later.

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I caught the cameos of Burgess Meredith as the bartender, Marlene Dietrich as the lady leaving the nightclub and Henry Fonda as the waiter in the nightclub, but I totally missed John Garfield. So now I must watch it again! BTW, I found their cameos to be the most fascinating thing about the whole movie (though I am a Franchot Tone fan, this was not his best work).

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