To direct a picture, a man needs humility. Do you have humility, Mr. Shields?
Handsome and dark view of Hollywood's self-interested tolerance for professional cruelty. Vincente Minnelli's direction is fresh throughout, including surprising bursts of humor along with some stark and bracing visuals. Kirk Douglas leads a solid cast with a controlled performance, saving his scene-chewing for when it counts. Gloria Grahame injects some extra life in the final third, but her impact is limited. The Bad and the Beautiful didn't thrill me but it's a neat piece of craft akin to All About Eve and Sunset Blvd.