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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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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
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Danny Rimett
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Lou Forbes
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Joey Vulner
Patrick McVey ...
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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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Lowdown on the Girls Who Get Around...in Chicago! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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28 October 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Party Girl - Das Mädchen aus der Unterwelt  »

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$1,758,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Angie Dickinson and Doris Dowling were both considered for the part eventually played by Claire Kelly. See more »

Goofs

At the celebration for Frankie Castro, the rear projection footage of the elevated trains going by as seen through the large windows was shot in black and white, not color. See more »

Quotes

Rico Angelo: Say, why didin't you bring the chick? There's a lot of nice people here tonight. The most important guys in town. Get it up here, I said. Say hello to my boy.
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Opening credits prologue: Chicago In The Early Thirties See more »


Soundtracks

Party Girl
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Tony Martin (uncredited)
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Ray rises above the material.
13 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quite possibly Nicholas Ray's most visually eloquent film, the poorly- named Party Girl focuses not on the Cyd Charisse titular character but her romantic interest, mob lawyer Tom Farrell, played with great intensity and dedication by Robert Taylor.

Charisse is even more luminous than usual thanks in part to the mesmerizing lighting and camera work utilized by Ray in two major dance numbers obviously included to showcase MGM's most talented dancer. However, Ray was also able to elicit a rather touching albeit somewhat unrealistic performance from Charisse in playing a lonely showgirl drawn to Taylor's disfigured lawyer trapped in the world of defending known criminals.

Such a story had been done before many different ways, yet under Ray's direction the film achieves a certain sense of nobility and appreciation. It is not flashy, but not boring either. It is, as much of Ray's work was at the time, workman-like and beautifully crafted. Compared to much of the other features released at the time, Ray's films stand out today as rising above the material he was given to work with.


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