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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 »
User Reviews:
Pretty Good Frank, Very Bad Theatre History See more (66 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 | 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?

This is one of Frank Sinatra's few post-From Here to Eternity (1953) movies in which he did not receive top billing, which surprisingly went to Rita Hayworth. Sinatra was, by that time, a bigger star, and his title role was predominant. When asked about the billing, Sinatra replied, "Ladies first." He was also quoted as saying that, as it was a Columbia film, Hayworth should have top billing because, "For years, she WAS Columbia Pictures", and that with regard to being billed "between" Hayworth and Kim Novak, "That's a sandwich I don't mind being stuck in the middle of." As Columbia's biggest star, Hayworth had been top billed in every film since Cover Girl (1944), but her tenure was soon to end with_They Came to Cordura (1959)_.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Vera Simpson:Me and Joey are the same type of cat, we understand each other.See more »
Movie Connections:
My Funny ValentineSee more »


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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Pretty Good Frank, Very Bad Theatre History, 28 June 2000
Author: ( from New York

I like Sinatra as much as the next girl and then some. Probably the best thing about this film is the numbers The Chairman does alone onstage. However, I'm also well acquainted with PAL JOEY in its stage form, and this watered down film doesn't serve it well. As is so often the case with film musicals, it bears very little resemblance to the show it purports to represent.

First of all, like many other movie musicals this one is rife with interpolations. Viewers should realize that both "My Funny Valentine" and "The Lady is a Tramp" come from Rodgers and Hart's BABES IN ARMS (though, ironically, both were cut from the film version of that musical). "There's a Small Hotel" is from ON YOUR TOES and TOO MANY GIRLS gave us the haunting "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (probably the interpolation that works best). Secondly, most of the songs they did keep don't remain intact. For instance, when they moved the setting from Chicago to San Francisco the song the club girls sing went to pot. Also, the lyrics to "Bewitched" had to be sanitized for popular consumption, which is a pity because they're some of Larry Hart's best. "Zip" was also revised and given to Vera. The witty "Take Him" was cut, which is a real pity, and several other numbers are gone entirely or reduced to underscoring.

PAL JOEY was one of the first shows to bring cynicism to the musical stage. The second you inject romance into it, you've killed what it's about. If I was just looking for a lightweight love story, I might enjoy this film. Knowing what I know now, I find it a bit tough to take.

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