Cast:Gloria Wandrous . . . . . Elizabeth Taylor
Weston Liggett . . . . . Laurence Harvey
Steve Carpenter . . . . . Eddie Fisher
Emily Liggett . . . . . Dina Merrill
Mrs. Wandrous . . . . . Mildred Dunnock
Mrs. Thurber . . . . . Betty Field
Bingham Smith . . . . . Jeffrey Lynn
Happy . . . . . Kay Medford
Norma . . . . . Susan Oliver
Dr. Tredman . . . . . George Voskovec
Clerk . . . . . Virginia Downing
Mrs. Jescott . . . . . Carmen Matthews
Anderson . . . . . Whitfield Connor
Crew:Director - Daniel Mann
Screenplay - Charles Schnee
Screenplay - John Michael Hayes
Producer - Pandro S. Berman
Associate Producer - Kathryn Hereford
Source Material (from novel) - John O'Hara
Director of Photography - Joseph Ruttenberg
Director of Photography - Charles Harten
Music - Bronislau Kaper
Editor - Ralph E. Winters
Costume Design - Helen Rose
MGM Home Entertainment - Domestic Video Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) – Studio
Before Elizabeth Taylor could start Cleopatra (1963) for a $1 million salary, she was legally bound to finish her MGM contract by doing this film, which she hated, for her standard $125,000 salary
The book is based on a real incident. On June 8, 1931, the dead body of a young woman named Starr Faithfull--no seriously, her name was Starr Faithfull--was found on Long Beach, Long Island. Subsequent reporting uncovered a life of easy morals and much time spent in speakeasies and such piquant details as her childhood molestation by a former mayor of Boston. Despite rumors of political motives for her murder and a supposed secret diary, no one was ever charged in her death.
O'Hara recreates her as Gloria Wandrous . The film begins with party girl/model Gloria (Elizabeth Taylor) waking from a night of partying. Her married lover (Laurence Harvey) is shown entering an elevator, going to work. He is separated from his wealthy wife (Emily) Dina Merrill. He is at a crossroads in his life, stay in his current job (at a company owned by his wife's family), or start over as a lawyer. Gloria is also at a turning point. She falls for Wes Liggett.
I forgot to mention that throughout the film, she calls "Butterfield 8" (a telephone answering service)to check her phone messages. She also checks in at her home. She lives with her mother and is gone for days. Her mother thinks that she is just a model, and believes anything that Gloria tells her.
Elizabeth became deathly ill about a month before the Oscar Telecast. The Doctors did not think she would live, but she pulled through.
The movie is set in 1950's. The book is set in the early 1930's.