Approved | | Drama
Charles Byrd, known as "Chick", has spent his adult life acting in small repertory companies all over the UK, and he's never had much luck. All too aware that he's no longer young, Chick makes one last stab at finding success in London.
Many critics noted that the character Edmund Purdom plays - a small-time actor who gets cast in the lead in a Hollywood epic and becomes a star overnight - bore a resemblance to Purdom himself. He went from obscurity to fame in 1954 when he took on the title role in "The Egyptian (1954)" as a late replacement for Marlon Brando, and slipped from fame almost at once when the film proved a costly flop.
You bloody fool! When are you going to stop acting as if you're twenty-five?
Chick Byrd: It's my favorite age!
During the party when Chick sees Tommy chatting up Fay, he is not smoking, but in a wide shot, he's taking a cigarette from his mouth. He's also holding a glass of wine which disappears in his close-up.