Hollywoodland | 2006

Thriller, Period
A drama that recounts the life and mysterious death by suicide of George Reeves, star of the television series "Superman" (1951-1957), who died at age forty-two.
Director: Allen Coulter
Writers: Paul Bernbaum
Awards: 1 Golden Globe nomination. Another 1 win & 1 nomination | full awards »

Cast

... Louis Simo

Actor

... Toni Mannix

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... George Reeves

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... Edgar Mannix

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... Carol Van Ronkel

Actor

... Leonore Lemmon

Actor

... Chester Sinclair

Actor

... Howard Strickland

Actor

... Helen Bessolo

Actor

... Sergeant Jack Paterson

Actor

... Russ Taylor

Actor

... Art Weissman

Actor

Company

Back Lot Pictures

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Czech Radio

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Synopsis

June 16, 1959. The glamour of Tinseltown permanently fades for actor George Reeves, the heroic Man of Steel on TV's "Adventures of Superman," as the actor dies in his Hollywood Hills home. Felled by a single gunshot wound, Reeves leaves behind a fiancée--aspiring starlet Leonore Lemmon--and millions of fans who are shocked by his death. But it is his grieving mother, Helen Bessolo, who will not let the questionable circumstances surrounding his demise go unaddressed. Helen seeks justice, or at least answers. The Los Angeles Police Department closes the case, but Helen hires--for $50 a day--private detective Louis Simo. Simo soon ascertains that the torrid affair Reeves had with Toni Mannix, the wife of MGM studio executive Eddie Mannix, might hold the key to the truth. But truth and justice are not so easily found in Hollywood. Simo pursues dangerous and elusive leads in both high and low places and, in trying to turn up the heat, risks getting burned. The detective also uncovers unexpected connections to his own life as the case turns more personal and he learns more about Reeves himself. Behind the icon was a complex man who gave his life to Hollywood in more ways than one.

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