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Party Girl (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, 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
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Genevieve
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Cookie La Motte
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Danny Rimett
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Lou Forbes
Kem Dibbs ...
Joey Vulner
Patrick McVey ...
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Party Girl / Joy Hampton
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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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ROUGH AND READY! THE TRUTH ABOUT THE 'MODELS,' 'ACTRESSES' AND 'DANCERS' WHO PLAY WITH FIRE...AND OFTEN GET BURNED! (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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$1,758,000 (estimated)
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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

Thomas Farrell: A girl's entitled to what she can get. When you sell your pride, its tough to put a price on it.
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Party Girl
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Tony Martin (uncredited)
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Neat Ray Film
30 July 2004 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Most any film directed by Nicholas Ray is usually worth watching, and "Party Girl's" no exception. Ray took here what might have been a quite routine movie under another director and turned it into something quite interesting.

He extracted an unusually strong performance from Robert Taylor, who celebrated his final MGM film here, and drew equally effective work from Cyd Charisse, who also demonstrated her formidable dancing skills.

Then there was that burly "brute" Lee J. Cobb doing his no-nonsense "gangster thing," which always rang true. Yes, "Party Girl" had lots of bite.

A bit of age comparisons are interesting here. Would you believe the actors playing the "handsome leading man" and "sinister character villain" were both born the same year? It was 1911 when Taylor and (gulp) Cobb entered this world. Adding to the mix, Ray was also born the same year, making for a perfect triumvirate. (Trivia note: Taylor and Ray both expired of the same terminal illness.)

Charisse showed what a 37-year-old-dancer-in-shape can do. Dig those mobile movements: cool hip action, fast torso turns, strenuous leg extensions and fantastic full-bodied falls. Cyd seemed one of the last holdouts as the film musical glory days "bit the dust."

The post-Lewis B. Mayer period allowed for more violence than ever before at MGM, and "Party Girl" had its abundant supply in the final gangland sequences.






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