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Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay)
John O'Hara (from the musical play book by)
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Release Date:
25 October 1957 (USA) See more »
From Your Pal, Columbia! See more »
Joey Evans is charming, handsome, funny, talented, and a first class, A-number-one heel. When Joey meets... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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John O'Hara, he could write a book See more (68 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rita Hayworth ... Vera Prentice-Simpson

Frank Sinatra ... Joey Evans

Kim Novak ... Linda English

Barbara Nichols ... Gladys
Bobby Sherwood ... Ned Galvin
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)

Leon Alton ... Printer Salesman (uncredited)
Isabel Analla ... (uncredited)

Robert Anderson ... Policeman (uncredited)
Maurice Argent ... Second Tailor (uncredited)

Tol Avery ... Detective (uncredited)

Al Bain ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Rita Barrett ... Stripper (uncredited)
Eddie Bartell ... Barker (uncredited)
Herman Belmonte ... Guest at Charity Ball (uncredited)
Steve Benton ... Electrician (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ... Vera's Butler (uncredited)

Gail Bonney ... Heavyset Woman (uncredited)
Sue Boomer ... Secretary (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Waiter (uncredited)
Paul Cesari ... Pet Store Co-Owner (uncredited)

George Chan ... Chinese Pianist (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Dancer in Daydream Sequence (uncredited)
Sydney Chatton ... Barker (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Nellie Gee Ching ... Chinese Dancer (uncredited)
Jane Chung ... Flower Lady (uncredited)
Jean Corbett ... Dancer (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Giselle D'Arc ... Vera's Maid (uncredited)
Judy Dan ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Jules Davis ... Red-Faced Man (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Guest at Charity Ball (uncredited)

Rudy Diaz ... Detective (uncredited)
Helen Elliot ... Travelers' Aid (uncredited)
Elizabeth Fenton ... Chinese Dancer (uncredited)
Michael Ferris ... First Tailor (uncredited)
George Ford ... Electrician (uncredited)
Allen Gin ... Chinese Drummer (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Pet Store Owner (uncredited)
Bob Glenn ... Sailor (uncredited)
Connie Graham ... Stripper (uncredited)
Jo Ann Greer ... Vera Simpson (singing voice) (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Guest at Charity Ball (uncredited)
Bobbie Jean Henson ... Stripper (uncredited)

John Hubbard ... Stanley (uncredited)
Ellie Kent ... Carol (uncredited)
Cheryl Kubert ... Girl Friend (uncredited)
Pat Lynn ... Chinese Dancer (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Guest at Charity Ball (uncredited)
Ramon Martinez ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Mara McAfee ... Sabrina (uncredited)
Henry McCann ... Shorty (uncredited)

Philo McCullough ... Guest at Charity Ball (uncredited)
Raymond A. McWalters ... Army Captain (uncredited)
Joe Miksak ... Barker (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Tony the Chef (uncredited)
Robin Morse ... Herb - Bartender (uncredited)

Charles Morton ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Jean Nakaba ... Chinese Dancer (uncredited)
Al Nalbandian ... Barker (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Headwaiter (uncredited)

Bek Nelson ... Lola (uncredited)
Ilsa Ostroffsky ... Stripper (uncredited)

Hermes Pan ... Choreographer at Dress Rehearsal (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Roberto Piperio ... Waiter (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Waiter (uncredited)
Edith Powell ... Stripper (uncredited)
Jack Railey ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
Mabel Rea ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Robert Reed ... Boy Friend (uncredited)

Mitchell Rhein ... Waiter (uncredited)

Leoda Richards ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Hermie Rose ... Bald Club Owner (uncredited)

John Roy ... Guest at Charity Ball (uncredited)

James Seay ... Livingston (uncredited)
Howard Sigrist ... Sidewalk Photographer (uncredited)
Jo Ann Smith ... Stripper (uncredited)
Snuffy ... Dog (uncredited)

Stephen Soldi ... Waiter (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Guest at Charity Ball (uncredited)
Trudy Stevens ... Linda English (singing voice) (uncredited)
Genie Stone ... Girl (uncredited)

Frank Sully ... Barker (uncredited)
Betty Utey ... Patsy (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Col. Langley (uncredited)
Frank Wilimarth ... Sidewalk Artist (uncredited)
Andrew Wong ... Chinese Club Owner (uncredited)
Lessie Lynne Wong ... Chinese Dancer (uncredited)
Barbara Yung ... Chinese Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
George Sidney 
Writing credits
Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay)

John O'Hara (from the musical play book by)

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
Cinematography by
Harold Lipstein (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence 
Jerome Thoms 
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
William Kiernan 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup artist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (as Art Black)
Sound Department
Franklin Hansen .... sound
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard H. Kline .... camera operator (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
George Duning .... music adaptation
Lorenz Hart .... lyrics by: from the musical play
Fred Karger .... music adviser
Arthur Morton .... orchestrations
Nelson Riddle .... music adaptation
Nelson Riddle .... musical arrangements
Richard Rodgers .... music by: from the musical play
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Morris Stoloff .... music supervisor
Liselotte Malkowsky .... playback singer (uncredited)
Bill Miller .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Paul Ernst Wilke .... German lyrics (uncredited)
Other crew
George Abbott .... produced on the stage by
Henri Jaffa .... Technicolor color consultant
Hermes Pan .... choreographer
Robert E. Blair .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:18 | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2001) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #18727) | West Germany:18 (nf)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Just before the Linda's arrival, Mrs. Simpson lights a cigarette and holds it with her right hand. Between cuts it appears in her left hand.See more »
Vera Simpson:Who's she?
Joey Evans:She's just a mouse.
See more »
Movie Connections:
The Lady is a TrampSee more »


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38 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
John O'Hara, he could write a book, 26 February 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In his career Frank Sinatra did two film adaptions of Rodgers and Hart musicals. The first was Higher and Higher which was his first feature film speaking part. Pal Joey was the second and it is probably the greatest show Rodgers and Hart ever did.

When it debuted on Broadway in 1941 it got good, but not great reviews. But everyone loved the Rodgers and Hart score. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered and I Could Write a Book were the big hits of the show and were retained for the film.

Pal Joey may have been ahead of its times. It was revived in 1951 and ran twice as long as it did in its original production. The reviews were far better. To say this is unusual is putting it mildly.

On Broadway, Joey Evans who we would now call a lounge lizard was played by Gene Kelly and in the revival by Harold Lang. The part really fit Sinatra perfectly. But the role had to be changed from a dancing part to a singing part. I believe that was the reason for the interpolation of other Rodgers and Hart songs in the film.

And Sinatra sings some good ones in Pal Joey. Added in for the filmgoers listening pleasure are There's A Small Hotel, I Didn't Know What Time It Was, and The Lady is a Tramp, the last one becoming a Sinatra standard in his live concerts. Movie singing don't get too much better than this.

Frank is an ambitious man of rather low morals who is caught between rich widow Rita Hayworth and ingenue Kim Novak. He loves Kim, but Rita can give him financial security. These are the kind of people that populate the John O'Hara world, very real and not too noble.

Although a few years later Frank Sinatra sang a concert version of Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered with a hundred piece orchestra for his Reprise record label, it is in fact a woman's song as is My Funny Valentine. Rita does Bewitched as well as Zip. The latter song is a tribute number to Gypsy Rose Lee as Rita plays an ex-stripper. My Funny Valentine is done by Kim Novak.

When I say done, both ladies mouthed the words, but the vocals were dubbed as they always were for Ms. Hayworth. And I guess that had to be because both Hayworth and Novak could never have had the parts done by the best of vocalists.

As Pal Joey came to the screen in 1957 along with The Joker is Wild, my favorite Sinatra film, I've always picked that year as the year Old Blue Eyes was at the height of his career. His acting is impeccable and his singing, some of the best he ever did on screen.

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