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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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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 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 »

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Billy Wilder was the original choice to direct. He discussed it with Columbia studio head Harry Cohn over lunch one day. Not only did Cohn turn down him as director, but he later sent Wilder a bill for their lunch. See more »

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After she stops Joey giving Snuff a chicken leg, Linda picks up her skirt with both hands to sit. The following shot shows her sitting with her hands leaning on the table. See more »

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Linda English: My mother always says a lady's a lady wherever she goes
Joey Evans: And a bum's a bum wherever he goes.
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Do It the Hard Way
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Watered-down 'Joey', but still thirst-quenching
19 January 2001 | by (Montclair, NJ) – See all my reviews

It took 17 years for the play PAL JOEY to reach the screen, and even though this 'Joey' is watered-down, the film is still thirst-quenching to first time viewers. The differences between play and film have been exaggerated. San Francisco (film) and Chicago (play) are related. What does grate on people who "know the score",in both senses, is the loss of half the stage songs to background music. They are wonderful and I can- not see why Frank Sinatra wouldn't have begged to sing them. I think that Rita Hayworth, sadly aging (at 39 she looked 49), is extremely underrated as 'Vera'. Here again, Rita lost out on a beautiful and witty stage song "What Is a Man"? cut altogether. Overall this IS a good film, and George Sidney (as elaborated on in a splendid biography by author Eric Monder) remains an ignored director. Sidney's films, in truth, contain some amazing technical shots and visually beautiful compositions. I refer interested viewers to rediscover the superb and near-dirty stage score of PAL JOEY (check out the 1952 'Studio' CD with Jane Froman, which I prefer). As to a remake, my choice for 'Joey'... Jerry Seinfeld (hope he can sing 'Rodgers'n Hart').


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