Born on February 5th, 1919
From New York, New York
In the midst of the Great Depression, manipulative emcee Rocky (Gig Young) enlists contestants for a dance marathon offering a $1,500 cash prize. Among them are a failed actress (Jane Fonda), a middle-aged sailor (Red Buttons), a delusional blonde (Susannah York) and a pregnant girl (Bonnie Bedelia). Days turn into weeks as the competition drags on and people either drop out or expire. Rocky, however, will do anything for publicity and initiates a series of grueling derbies.
In this fictionalized biopic inspired by the brief life of the 1930s screen siren Jean Harlow (Carroll Baker), Harlow arrives in Los Angeles as a teenager, pushed into showbiz by her mother (Angela Lansbury) and stepfather (Raf Vallone). Kindhearted agent Arthur Landau (Red Buttons) becomes Jean's mentor, while a devious Howard Hughes-like mogul (Leslie Nielsen) grows infatuated with the beautiful young actress. Harlow herself falls for producer Paul Bern (Peter Lawford) before tragedy strikes.
Stationed in Japan during the Korean War, U.S. Air Force Major Lloyd "Ace" Gruver falls for the beautiful Japanese actress Hana-ogi (Miiko Taka). However, he is hesitant to pursue the relationship due to the unfortunate example of his crew chief, Airman Joe Kelly (Red Buttons). Kelly, against official military advice and the prejudices of his commanding officers, married a Japanese woman, Katsumi (Miyoshi Umeki), and his military career has suffered ever since.