RIP – Budd Schulberg

sammyI can’t believe I only *just* read about the passing of Budd Schulberg. I don’t know how I missed it.

While most people might first recognize him for penning incredible scripts such as On The Waterfront, his 1941 novel What Makes Sammy Run is easily one of the most controversial and dead-on observations of  the ruthlessness of Hollywood. Written as a scandalous exposé, the reprehensible, self-obsessed behavior of Sammy Glick (a composite of various real people Schulberg knew) was brought into the light as something one should never aspire to, but instead he became the poster boy for a certain breed of man. I discovered the book in a thrift store when I first moved to South Pasadena in the late 80s, and was instantly mesmerized. I remember excitedly driving my Ford Escort over Suicide Bridge a few hours after reading about it, it was one of the first times in my life that reality actually mingled with the literature on my nightstand. Little did I know how many real-life Sammy Glicks I would meet down the road.

After the jump is a scene from the 1959 Sunday Showcase television broadcast of  What Makes Sammy Run, featuring Larry Blyden as Sammy.

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