The Bad and the Beautiful attempts to give an insider Hollywood story through its depiction of three stories associated with a film producer. This is a film that suffers with its structure as each story seems like it is cut off just when it might be getting interesting. This really causes on whiplash for our lead character who goes from likable to unlikable in a matter of seconds in order to stop short the story in its tracks. Then really the third story seems only tacitly involved with the rest of the proceedings. The stories don't build to a final satisfying conclusion. It's never really a bad film but it's one that feels as though it just never takes off. It probably would have been far more interesting without the flashback structure and we stuck with the producer throughout the whole film to create a natural progression.