Two Weeks in Another Town

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Two Weeks in Another Town
Poster - Two Weeks in Another Town 01.jpg
1962 Theatrical Poster
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Produced by John Houseman
Written by Charles Schnee
Based on Two Weeks in Another Town by Irwin Shaw
Starring Kirk Douglas
Edward G. Robinson
Cyd Charisse
George Hamilton
Claire Trevor
Daliah Lavi
Rosanna Schiaffino
Music by David Raksin
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Edited by Adrienne Fazan
Robert James Kern
Production
  company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributed by Warner Bros. (current)
Release date(s)
  • August 17, 1962 (1962-08-17) (United States)
Running time 107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,959,000[1]
Box office $2,500,000[1]

Two Weeks in Another Town is a 1962 drama film based on a novel by Irwin Shaw, directed by Vincente Minnelli, and starring Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse, Claire Trevor, Daliah Lavi, George Hamilton, and Rosanna Schiaffino.

The film depicts the shooting of a romantic costume drama in Rome by a team of decadent Hollywood stars. It contains several references to a previous successful Minnelli movie, The Bad and the Beautiful, also starring Douglas.

The story was seen by some as a reelaboration of the past relationship between actors Tyrone Power and Linda Christian and producer Darryl Zanuck.

Plot[edit]

Once an established movie star, Jack Andrus has hit rock bottom. An alcoholic, he has been divorced by wife Carlotta, has barely survived a car crash and has spent three years in a sanitarium recovering from a nervous breakdown.

Maurice Kruger, a film director who once was something of a mentor to Andrus, is also a has-been now. However, he has landed a job in Italy, directing a movie that stars a handsome, up-and-coming young actor, Davie Drew.

Andrus is offered a chance to come to Rome and play a role in Kruger's new film. He is crestfallen upon arriving when told that the part is no longer available to him. Kruger's mean-spirited wife, Clara, doesn't pity him a bit, but Andrus is invited to take a lesser job assisting at Cinecitta Studio with the dubbing of the actors' lines.

While working, he socializes with the beautiful Veronica, but she actually is in love with Drew. The actor is having a great deal of difficulty with his part and the movie is already over budget and behind schedule. Kruger's stress also is increased by the constant harping of Clara, resulting in a heart attack that sends the director to the hospital.

Andrus is asked to take over the director's chair and complete the film. Glad to do this favor for Kruger, he takes charge and gets the film back on schedule. The actors respond to him so much that Drew's representatives tell Andrus the actor will insist on his directing Drew's next film.

Proud of what he has done, Andrus goes to Kruger in the hospital, delighted to report the progress he's made, only to be attacked by Clara for trying to undermine Kruger and steal his movie from him. Andrus is shocked when Kruger sides with her.

An all-night descent into an alcohol-fueled rage follows. Carlotta goes along as a drunken Andrus gets behind the wheel of a car and races through the streets of Rome, nearly killing both of them.

At the last minute, Andrus comes to his senses. He vows to return home, continue his sobriety and get his life back on track.

Reaction[edit]

Bosley Crowther in his New York Times review of August 18, 1962 wrote: "The whole thing is a lot of glib trade patter, ridiculous and unconvincing snarls and a weird professional clash between the actor and director that is like something out of a Hollywood cartoon."

According to MGM records the film earned $1 million in the US and Canada and $1.5 million elsewhere, leading to an overall loss of $2,969,000.[1]

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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