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Pal Joey (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 25 October 1957 (USA)
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Joey Evans is charming, handsome, funny, talented, and a first class, A-number-one heel. When Joey meets the former chorus girl ("She used to be 'Vera...with the Vanishing Veils'") and now ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Vera Prentice-Simpson
... Joey Evans
... Linda English
... Gladys
Bobby Sherwood ... Ned Galvin
Hank Henry ... Mike Miggins
... Mrs. Casey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Guest at Charity Ball (scenes deleted)
... Guest at Charity Ball (scenes deleted)
... Mr. Forsythe (scenes deleted)
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Joey Evans is charming, handsome, funny, talented, and a first class, A-number-one heel. When Joey meets the former chorus girl ("She used to be 'Vera...with the Vanishing Veils'") and now rich widow Vera Simpson, the two lecherous souls seem made for each other. That is, until Linda English comes along. Linda is a "mouse on the chorus line" and built like there's no tomorrow. But she's the typical good little girl from a good little home -- just the right ingredient to louse up Joey's cushy set up. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Trivia

Flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya coached Kim Novak on some dance steps. See more »

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When Vera Simpson is singing "Bewitched" there is a very obvious mismatch between her lips and the words as she is turning away from the window. See more »

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I Could Write A Book
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Words by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak (dubbed by Trudy Stevens)
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If you like musicals of this period, don't miss "Pal Joey."
2 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Another marvelous effort from prolific director George Sidney, who once again displays an uncanny ability to make us wish we lived in the and time and place of his films. The classic Rogers and Hart songs selected from the smorgasbord written for the original 1940 play alone make this movie well worth a look.

Gene Kelly, a chorus boy a year earlier, was cast in the title role in the original but critically panned "Joey" of 1940. The story line for "Joey" was too sleazy and cynical for the 40's, but today comes across better than the average fare in support of many musicals of the period.

Frank Sinatra is well suited as the film-version Joey. His musical and acting styles add contemporary flavors that are as appealing in the 1950's film version as they were in the critically acclaimed 1952 revival of the play featuring Harold Lang as Joey. Frank's signature song delivery retains, but also in part redefines in a more contemporary way, the classic appeal of the best show tunes of the 40's and 50's.

Although Rita Hayworth's acting talents too often are overlooked, she is the standout actor in "Joey." Casting Kim Novak in a 50's film rather defines the genre, and while she is both appealing and likable in her role, you can't help but be aware that she is stretching her limits as an actor, singer, and dancer.

Finally, the film is a visual treat, and San Francisco a more than an adequate substitute for Chicago. Don't analyze, just sit back and enjoy.


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