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Act One(1963)

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  • Gay subtext?

    • Mike
    • 6/30/14

    I had never seen this horrdenous film until this morning. I have read both the Moss Hart biographies and the excerpts from his year long diary and found him to be pretty fascinating. His widow did not participate in Steven Bach's excellent Dazzler bio probably because the fact that Moss Hart had an active if somewhat tormented gay life until his marriage to Kitty Carlisle. She reportedly asked him if he was gay and he said no and there does not seem to be any evidence of any gay affairs after the marriage. The only interesting thing about the movie Act One is the total lack of any female interest by Mossie Hart and the charcter of "David Starr". They go have coffee after Hart's first directing gig and this charcter is constantly on hand to lend support. The way that the actor looks at George Hamilton suggests a gay relationship. All the scenes between these two just seem like the only romantic ones in the film. And the Gary Grant (played by Bert Convy) character being lured away by women every time they all meet was equally ludicrous. Archie Leach (Grant) was very "close" to gay designer Orry Kelly and that relationlship eventually led to his living with Randolph Scott in the early 30s. Act One was truly one of the worst movies ever made. Dore Schary had no pacing or anything. And the final scene where Hart trashes his parents' poor but presentable apartment was truly offensive. It was inlsulting to his poor parents who did all they could to support him and for any family in 1929 trying to survive the depression. Geo Hamilton looks very much like the young Mossie and he trys but has no support from Dore Schary as a writer or director. The new Broadway version of Act One has been getting excellent reviews. Maybe they could make a new film version. Act One is even worse than I had expected but I was stunned by what I clearly saw as a gay subtext in Mossie and his friend. I doubt Hetero Dore Schary ( the fictional Mr. Starr as TCM suggests?) intended this!

  • A Flop

    • Nancy
    • 5/20/14

    Badly directed, turgid, transparent waste of everyone's talent. Boo!

  • Act One

    • Dana 58
    • 5/19/14

    Nicely done Comedy drama starring George Hamilton as a writer who tries to write a screenplay for a hit play.

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