Sunday Showcase

Season 1 Episode 2

What Makes Sammy Run? (pt 1)

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 27, 1959 on NBC
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What Makes Sammy Run? (pt 1)
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Sammy Glick starts as a copy boy for a top New York daily newspaper. But the young man is ambitious and sets his goals for the top, which may involve stepping over and on whoever gets in his way.

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  • Larry Blyden gave a superb performance as ambitious, unethical Sammy Glick in this dark character study by Budd Schulberg (“On the Waterfront”).

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    Larry Blyden played ambitious heel Sammy Glick in “What Makes Sammy Run?” Sammy Glick uses everyone as he climbs the Hollywood ladder. The cast also included John Forsythe as a reporter and Barbara Rush as a decent young woman unlucky enough to be in love with Sammy. Dina Merrill gave a standout performance as a beautiful woman whose father owns a Hollywood studio. Dina sexually manipulates and dominates Sammy and then double crosses him-similar to the way Sammy treats everyone else. I never really saw Dina use the sex card in any of her other performances, but she really turned me on in this show. “What Makes Sammy Run?” was beautifully written by Budd Schulberg (“On the Waterfront” and “A Face in the Crowd”), along with his brother. The Schulbergs’ father ran a Hollywood studio, so they probably knew what they were talking about from bitter experience. Larry Blyden was an enormous talent, equally terrific in comedy or drama (or even as a game show host). He could have been a great star. All he needed were a few more roles as rich as Sammy Glick.moreless
John Forsythe

John Forsythe

Al Manheim

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Dina Merrill

Dina Merrill

Laurette Harrington

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Monique Van Vooren

Monique Van Vooren

Zizi Molnari

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