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Pal Joey (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 25 October 1957 (USA)
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 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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The exterior shots of the mansion where Chez Joey is opening is the Spreckels Mansion at 2080 Washington St. in Pacific Heights (mis-identified in the film as "Nob Hill"). This building later became famous as the home of novelist Danielle Steel. In the last scene, the address "2080" can be scene on the facade of the home, and was used 2 decades earlier in Fog Over Frisco (1934). See more »

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At the microphone, when Joey informs the employees that Chez Joey will not open any more, his arms are in front of him/behind him from one shot to another. See more »

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Vera Simpson: Me and Joey are the same type of cat, we understand each other.
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Opera (1992) See more »

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What Do I Care For a Dame
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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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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