The Philco Television Playhouse

Season 1 Episode 28

What Makes Sammy Run?

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 10, 1949 on NBC
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What Makes Sammy Run?
The story of Sammy Glick, the man with a positive genius for being a heel, who runs through New York's East Side, through newspaper ranks and finally through Hollywood, leaving in his wake the wrecked careers of his associates; for this is his tragedy and his chief characteristic-his congenital incapacity for friendship.moreless

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      • Dreamworks paid US $2.6 million to acquire the rights to the novel from Warner Bros. for a proposed movie version starring and/or directed by Ben Stiller.

      • Broadway version of What Makes Sammy Run? premiered on February 27, 1964 which ran for 540 performances starring Steve Lawrence as Sammy Glick with Robert Alda played Al Manheim and Sally Ann Howes played Kit Sargent.

      • This program was thought lost until 2004 when 8 cans of film were found at LOC (Library of Congress) containing the two-part program. "What Makes Sammy Run?" was remastered and screened in New York on April 6, 2005 with Budd Schulberg, Delbert Mann, Dina Merrill and Barbara Rush present.

      • A two-part episode of What Makes Sammy Run? aired on NBC's Sunday Showcase September 27, 1959 & October 4, 1959 starring Larry Blyden as Sammy Glick with John Forsythe played Al Manheim, Barbara Rush was Kit Sargent and Dina Merrill was Laurette Harrington.

      • Samuel Goldwyn offered Schulberg money to not have it published, because Goldwyn felt that the author was "doublecrossing the Jews" and perpetuating an anti-Semitic stereotype by making Sammy Glick so venal.

      • When published in 1941, What Makes Sammy Run? was a best seller and was praised by Scott Fitzgerald, John O'Hara, and Dorothy Parker who said the book captured the $hi--iness of the film business.

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