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Party Girl (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir | 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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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
Claire Kelly ...
Genevieve
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Cookie La Motte
Lewis Charles ...
Danny Rimett
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Lou Forbes
Kem Dibbs ...
Joey Vulner
Patrick McVey ...
Barbara Lang ...
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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IN THE TOUGHEST CITY IN THE WORLD...THEY GO TO THE ROUGHEST PARTIES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Film-Noir

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28 October 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Party Girl - Das Mädchen aus der Unterwelt  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The choreography is not typical of early 1930s American dance, but from Postwar modern style. See more »

Goofs

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

Party Girl: Only a man... how do you do it Vicki?
Vicki Gaye: I made up my mind a long time ago, never get crowded into a corner. Never let them get too close. After awhile, they go away.
Party Girl: You've never been in their corner, with your looks?
Vicki Gaye: Just once. In a dark and dirty little barn back home in Oklahoma. I was fifteen. Very romantic.
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Opening credits prologue: Chicago In The Early Thirties See more »

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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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An unbalanced movie; all in all, not bad
6 May 2004 | by (Padova, Italy) – See all my reviews

"Party girl" is a peculiar movie, starting with its title. In fact, the title recalls a light comedy in the style of the 1930/1940s. On the contrary, we deal with a drama/gangster-story of rare toughness (for the standards of the 1950s). The violence of some scenes is really scary. We recognize the hand of director Nicholas Ray. We even have an excellent action sequence which anticipates a famous sequence of "The Godfather". The story is interesting, the cinematography is good and accurate.

Unfortunately, this is an unbalanced movie. Vicky, very well played by beautiful Cyd Charisse, is a rather innovative character. But her dance numbers, so patently instrumental to show Cyd's legendary legs and phenomenal dancing skills, are just stuck to the film. A thorough and interesting psychological study of Thomas Farrell (Robert Taylor) is made. But the film is nearly marred by a huge flaw. The badly crippled Farrell has a miracle-surgery in Europe (?) and returns perfectly healed! (alas! that's not yet possible in the 2000s, let alone in the 1930s). And then the formerly crooked corrupt lawyer Farrell turns into the noblest possible person. Come on! At any rate, Taylor gives one of the best performance of his career. John Ireland is a great thug. Lee J. Cobb (as usual looking twenty years older than his actual age) makes an outstanding job as the suave, cruel gangster Rico. The action scenes, though well-filmed, are too scarce for a gangster movie. Besides the magical surgery, other twists of the plot are unlikely.

You see, "Party girl" has remarkable merits and flaws, as well. All in all, not a bad movie.


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