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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 »

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 ... 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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From Your Pal, Columbia! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La blonde ou la rousse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia had a chance to star Gene Kelly in "Pal Joey" over a decade earlier in 1943 when the studio sold the rights to the hit musical "Best Foot Forward" to MGM for cash and the services of Kelly for one picture. Instead, Columbia chose to co-star Kelly in Cover Girl (1944) with Rita Hayworth. See more »

Goofs

After Linda sings, Mrs. Simpson talks to Joey with her left hand touching her chin. In the following shot her hands are on her handbag. In the same scene Joey rests his left hand on his leg, but between shots his left hand appears on the back of the chair beside him. See more »

Quotes

Joey Evans: The only thing I'm superstitious about is 13 in a bed.
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Soundtracks

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Music by Richard Rodgers
Instrumental only
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When old blue eyes sings, all is forgiven...
6 May 2006 | by Neil DoyleSee all my reviews

George Sidney may not be one of Hollywood's best-known or most appreciated directors, but he does turn PAL JOEY into an enjoyable viewing experience by releasing it from stagebound sets and giving it an open air look that is refreshing and watchable, especially since the scene has been transferred to San Francisco rather than Chicago.

Some of the songs are borrowed from other Rodgers and Hart musicals, but when FRANK SINATRA sings standards like "There's A Small Hotel" and "The Lady Is A Tramp", he can do no wrong. He plays a no-good piano lounge lizard who has the world on a string as long as he stays one step ahead of the nightclub owner that he keeps making deals with.

The "mice" are played by RITA HAYWORTH and KIM NOVAK, Miss Hayworth making up for the badly-in-need-of-acting-coach Novak, who really stumbles in this one. Apparently George Sidney couldn't give her any guidance on how to play any of her scenes--the way Hitchcock did for "Vertigo". Their confrontation scene has no ooomph because Novak is simply not there and thus there are no real fireworks. Even so, Hayworth makes her character strong and possessive.

It's really Sinatra's show all the way and he delivers a solidly engaging performance, even though his character is lacking in what we might call integrity.

Enjoyable musical--Hayworth's "Zip" and "Bewitched" are nicely done even if she doesn't do her own vocals. The dancer magic is still there in the way she moves through any number she does.

Summing up: worth a look if you like musicals.


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