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Pal Joey (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 16 December 1957 (Brazil)
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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 »

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay), John O'Hara (from the musical play book by)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rita Hayworth ... Mrs. Vera Prentice-Simpson
Frank Sinatra ... Joey Evans
Kim Novak ... Linda English
Barbara Nichols ... Gladys
Bobby Sherwood Bobby Sherwood ... Ned Galvin
Hank Henry Hank Henry ... Mike Miggins
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mrs. Casey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franklyn Farnum ... Guest at Charity Ball (scenes deleted)
Bess Flowers ... Guest at Charity Ball (scenes deleted)
Pierre Watkin ... Mr. Forsythe (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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JOY STORY OF JOEY...(the heel)! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1957 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

La blonde ou la rousse See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a departure from the play, Frank Sinatra tailored the part of Joey to fit his style, rather than the anti-hero he originally was. See more »

Goofs

When Ned introduces Joey to Linda, Joey has his hands on the table. In the subsequent shot he is holding a cup, about to drink. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joey Evans: Now, wait a minute, fellas. You got this all wrong. I never laid a hand on her.
Policeman: Yeah, we got there just in time.
Detective: That's the trouble with you nightclub entertainers, you're all alike. You think you own every dame in the country.
Joey Evans: Now, wait a minute, show me a law in the country that says I can't buy a doll a friendly drink.
Detective: No law. Just don't buy a drink in your hotel room for a doll that's underage.
Policeman: Come on, let's get goin' bud.
Joey Evans: Now, wait a minute, how did I know she was jailbait? ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

What Do I Care For a Dame
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, Barbara Nichols and Ensemble
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Hayworth SIZZLES in this lavish musical production!
26 March 2002 | by camerondietrichSee all my reviews

Based on the naughty Broadway hit and featuring luscious tunes by Rodgers and Hart, Pal Joey was softened from his arrogant heel stage persona for this more sanitized film version. Now-good guy Joey (Sinatra) wants to open a swanky nightclub in San Francisco, enlisting the help of high society dame Vera Simpson (Hayworth), a former chorus girl. But things get sticky when Joey finds his eyes drifting towards the knockout Linda English (Novak). A leggy singer/dancer with aspirations of being a star, Linda also has a soft place in her heart for Joey. Of course, complications abound, along with much singing and dancing, before tying up nicely with a bouncy, breezy, "walking into the sunset" Hollywood finish.

A couple of assets make Pal Joey unbeatable entertainment. The first are the wonderful Rodgers and Hart standards, mostly performed by Sinatra. Sinatra is at his all-time best.

This was Hayworth's last big movie musical and she does not disappoint. Although actually younger than Sinatra, she was playing a role originally meant for Marlene Dietrich. Hayworth is both gorgeous and haunting. A must see for all Hayworth fans!


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