In the pantheon of great showmen, there was P.T. Barnum. There was Mike Todd. And there was Allan Carr. Throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, Allan Carr transformed himself from a pudgy sissy kid from Chicago into a major Hollywood power player turned Oscar producer. A sometimes producer / talent manager, other times marketing genius, and all the time party planner, Carr built his bombastic reputation amid a series of successes. He produced the mega-hit musical film GREASE, with its profits to the tune of $400 million, he brought LA CAGE AUX FOLLES to Broadway for multi-year runs, he developed Oscar campaigns and platform rollouts for specialty films like The Deer Hunter. Oh, and the parties…
Armed with a limitless Rolodex and a Benedict Canyon enclave with its own disco, Carr threw the Hollywood parties that defined the 1970s. Audacious, hedonistic, almost Babylonian, Carr’s parties had two simple rules - RSVP in advance and check your inhibitions at the door. A rotund Pied Piper of the Hollywood Hills, Carr greeted partiers in a diamond-encrusted caftan with promises of stardom. His soirees unified stars young and old, conservative and liberal, gay and straight. His is a study in excess – an unfettered, uninhibited explosion of luxuriance the likes of which Hollywood had never seen. It’s a story that needs to be seen to be believed.
THE FABULOUS ALLAN CARR is the latest feature-length documentary from Emmy-award winning Jeffrey Schwarz, director of the recent hit TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL, HBO Documentary Films' VITO, I AM DIVINE, WRANGLER: ANATOMY OF AN ICON, and SPINE TINGLER! THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY. This jaw-dropping story will be told by the people who knew Carr best – friends Bruce Vilanch, Lorna Luft, Nikki Haskell, and Alana Stewart, Randal Kleiser (director of GREASE), Maxwell Caulfield (star of GREASE 2), columnist Michael Musto, studio exec Sherry Lansing, Steve Guttenberg (star of CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC), Randy Jones of the Village People, Connie Stevens, Marlo Thomas, the late Robert Osborne, and Brett Ratner (the current owner of Carr's Hilhaven mansion).
Allan Carr reached the highest pinnacle of success and adulation, but went down a rabbit hole of depression and failure. He is an unsung hero to anyone who strives to overcome their insecurities and throw what society deems a defect back in its face. His is a story worth sharing, and this film will restore Allan Carr to his proper place in the gaudy, wonderful, and sometimes sinister world of show business.