Two Weeks in Another Town
aka 2 Weeks in Another Town
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Cast: Kirk Douglas as Jack Andrus
Edward G. Robinson as Maurice Kruger
Cyd Charisse as Carlotta
George Hamilton as Davie Drew
Dahlia Lavi as Veronica
Claire Trevor as Clara Kruger
James Gregory as Brad Byrd
Rosanna Schiaffino as Barzelli
Joanna Roos as Janet Bark
George Macready as Lew Jordan
Mino Doro as Tucino
Stefan Schnabel as Zeno
Vito Scotti as Assistant Director
Tom Palmer as Dr. Cold Eyes
Erich von Stroheim Jr. as Ravinksi
Leslie Uggams as Chanteuse
Filmed in Italy and released by MGM in 1962, Two Weeks in Another Town is a dramatic film directed by Vincente Minnelli, loosely based on the novel by Irwin Shaw.
Jack Andrus is a once-famous movie star who has spent the last three years in a sanitarium recovering from alcoholism and a nervous breakdown. When he hears from Maurice Kruger, a man who had directed some of his earlier successes, Andrus is happy to travel to Rome to be in Kruger’s latest film.
When Jack arrives in Rome he finds that the part is no longer his, but, despite Kruger’s wife’s protests, the director asks him to help with the filming, dubbing for the star of the movie, a relatively new actor named Davie Drew. Drew has difficulty with his role and that, and other things, cause the filming to be behind schedule. The increased pressure from the producer to get the film done on time and within budget contributes to Kruger being hospitalized after suffering a heart attack.
Andrus takes over the direction of the movie as a favor to Kruger and is successful in bringing the movie back on schedule. When he reports his success to Kruger in the hospital, Kruger’s wife and even Kruger himself accuse Andrus of taking advantage and trying to steal Kruger’s movie from him.
Angry and depressed, Andrus falls back into his old habits and spends the night drinking, and he and Carlotta are nearly killed in a car accident as he drunkenly drives through Rome.