Part 1* Joel Coles, a young screen writer, moves to Hollywood six months ago and is trying to impress studio executives with his work. * Joel is invited to a party at the house of director Miles Calman. * Joel makes a promise to himself that he does not drink alcohol because Miles frowns upon drunkenness. * When Joel arrives at Miles' house, he is pleased to see only two other screenwriters in attendance. * Miles' wife Stella gives Joel a martini, causing him to break his promise to himself. * Joel and Stella, who know each other in New York, chat about how everyone in Hollywood is fake. * Stella introduces Joel to people, making him feel important. * Joel tells Stella that people do not pay attention to her because they are afraid of her husband. * Stella begins talking to other guests, and Joel watches to see if she treats them with the same...
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