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Party Girl (1958)

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Lawyer Thomas Farrell has made a career defending crooks in trials. He has never realized that there is a downside to his success, until he meets the dancer Vicki Gayle. She makes him ... See full summary »

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Thomas Farrell
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Vicki Gaye
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Rico Angelo
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Louis Canetto
Kent Smith ...
Jeffrey Stewart
Claire Kelly ...
Genevieve
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Cookie La Motte
Lewis Charles ...
Danny Rimett
David Opatoshu ...
Lou Forbes
Kem Dibbs ...
Joey Vulner
Patrick McVey ...
Detective O'Malley
Barbara Lang ...
Party Girl / Ginger D'Amour
Myrna Hansen ...
Party Girl / Joy Hampton
Betty Utey ...
Party Girl / Cindy Consuelo
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Lawyer Thomas Farrell has made a career defending crooks in trials. He has never realized that there is a downside to his success, until he meets the dancer Vicki Gayle. She makes him decide to get a better reputation. But mob king Rico Angelo *insists* that he continues his services. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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IN THE TOUGHEST CITY IN THE WORLD...THEY GO TO THE ROUGHEST PARTIES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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28 October 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Party Girl - Das Mädchen aus der Unterwelt  »

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Director Nicholas Ray was certainly impressed with Robert Taylor's commitment. "He worked for me like a true Method actor," said Ray, who remembered Taylor going to an osteologist, poring over X-rays and asking probing questions so that he would have an understanding of where in his body the pain would be from his character's crippled leg. See more »

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Party Girl
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Tony Martin (uncredited)
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Mobsters in Chicago
9 November 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Party Girl" is a rarely seen movie directed by Nicholas Ray. This 1958 picture mixes styles, and at times, it achieves an originality that only a director like Mr. Ray could give any movie he directed. Basically, we are given a situation in which a lawyer who defends the criminal element is caught in the way he must deal with a situation where he has to turn against his loyalty to his mobster employer because, at last, he sees the light and the consequence of his actions.

Robert Taylor plays the lawyer, Tommy Farrell. This was his last film that marks the end of his long and successful association with MGM. Robert Taylor makes an appealing Farrell, and even though one realizes he is defending people that are at the margin of the law, his character shows redeeming qualities that make him merit our sympathy. The actor is perfect in the role.

Cyd Charisse playing a dramatic role is a surprise. In fact, she was always seen in musical roles because of her talent as a dancer. In the film she plays a chorus girl that suddenly is elevated to a starring role in front of her former colleagues because of the influence Tommy Farrell had in those circles. Ms. Charisse holds her own against an accomplished actor like Mr. Taylor. This is one of her best opportunities in the movies.

Lee J. Cobb is seen as the criminal boss Rico, who has a tremendous power over Tommy Farrell. Mr. Cobb shows he could do anything in movies as well as on the stage. John Ireland plays the evil Louis Canetto.

This is a film that fans of the work of Nicholas Ray shouldn't miss.


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