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Pal Joey (1957)

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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:
Bobby Sherwood ...
Ned Galvin
Hank Henry ...
Mike Miggins
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Mrs. Casey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guest at Charity Ball (scenes deleted)
Bess Flowers ...
Guest at Charity Ball (scenes deleted)
Pierre Watkin ...
Mr. Forsythe (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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Drama | Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

25 October 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sus dos cariños  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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After Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn saw the success of Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth in Cover Girl (1944), he promised this film to them (Kelly had his big break by creating the role of Joey Evans on Broadway). Sadly, the story took another 15 years to reach the screen and by that time Kelly was under contract to MGM. Hayworth was cast as the older woman, with Kim Novak now playing the younger woman. See more »


When Joey inveigles his way into employment at Ned Galvin's Nightclub by his rendition of "I didn't know what time it was", out front in the audience is a dating couple whose evening together is somewhat frosty. During the song the ice melts and eventually they are seen cuddling. Unfortunately, Joey's magic spell is short-lived, as, at the song's conclusion, the same couple are again seen in long-shot, but alas they are once again sitting on either side of the large round table. See more »


Linda English: What did I do last night?
Joey Evans: You kissed me.
Linda English: I wasn't myself.
Joey Evans: Whoever you were, you were great!
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Referenced in The Division: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (2003) See more »


Happy Hunting Horn
Music by Richard Rodgers
Instrumental only
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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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