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Party Girl (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 28 October 1958 (USA)
Lawyer Thomas Farrell is a defender of crooks. Vicki Gayle encourages him improve his reputation, but mob king Rico Angelo insists otherwise.

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Cast

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Thomas Farrell
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Vicki Gaye
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Rico Angelo
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Louis Canetto
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Jeffrey Stewart
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Genevieve
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Cookie La Motte
Lewis Charles ...
Danny Rimett
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Lou Forbes
Kem Dibbs ...
Joey Vulner
Patrick McVey ...
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Party Girl / Ginger D'Amour
Myrna Hansen ...
Party Girl / Joy Hampton
Betty Utey ...
Party Girl / Cindy Consuelo
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Storyline

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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THE 'MOUTHPIECE': "They're crooked...but the money's good!" MR. BIG: "I run this town...and nobody quits me!" THE PUNK: Never let him get a girl in a corner... See more »


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28 October 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Party Girl - Das Mädchen aus der Unterwelt  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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When Tommy Farrell is in court defending Louis Canetto, he speaks to the jury and repeatedly addresses them as "Gentlemen," although he is standing right in front of a female juror. See more »

Quotes

Rico Angelo: Cookie ain't a punk anymore. Him and me, we kinda merged. He takes care of the southern part of the state. I operate here. But, right now, the reason I want you to meet him, Cookie's in kind of a jam.
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Referenced in Los atracadores (1962) 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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Weird but worth it
16 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie makes more sense if you watch the documentary MGM: When the Lion Roars, about the history of MGM. According to the documentary, 1936-1946 was MGM's Golden Era. However, after the war, tastes in film changed, but MGM refused to change with the times or the tastes of post-war America. By the 1950's MGM was a Lion in Winter. Thus this rather split personality film begins to make sense from the context of its manufacturer. It can't decide what kind of film it wants to be, going back and forth between the big musical spectacles that MGM was famous for since the dawn of sound, to hard-hitting gangster characters and antics in the Warner Brothers tradition, to social commentary on the plight of the disabled in modern times and a beauty and the beast romance. If you know the chaos into which MGM is plunged by 1958, this enables you just to sit back and enjoy the film, which does have a great deal to offer.

The movie is badly mislabeled, since it really is not that centered on party girls at all. Instead it is basically a prohibition era romance between a beautiful showgirl played by Cyd Charisse and a lame mob lawyer played by Robert Taylor. Already dumped by one glamor girl who just wanted his money but was repulsed by his misshaped body, Taylor's character is understandably reluctant to get involved again. However, soon the pair are in love and Taylor's character gains the confidence to want to stop being the mob's mouthpiece. However, leaving the mob is not such a quick and clean business, whether you are an attorney or just a muscle man.

Taylor gives a very good performance in this one, and Lee J. Cobb's performance as a mobster looks like it was the inspiration for Robert De Niro's portrayal of Al Capone in 1987's The Untouchables, in at least one scene anyways. This one is definitely worth your time if it comes your way.


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