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The Rat Race (1960)

Tender romantic comedy about an aspiring musician who arrives in New York in search of fame & fortune. He soon meets a taxi dancer, moves in with her, and before too long a romance develops.

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Pete Hammond Jr.
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Peggy Brown
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Mac, Owner of Macs Bar
Kay Medford ...
Mrs. 'Soda' Gallo, Landlady
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Nellie
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Mrs. Edie Kerry
Hal K. Dawson ...
Bo Kerry
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Telephone Repairman
Lisa Drake ...
Toni
Joe Bushkin ...
Frankie J, Bandleader
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Carl 'Tip', Member of The Red Peppers
Gerry Mulligan ...
Gerry
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Tender romantic comedy about an aspiring musician who arrives in New York in search of fame & fortune. He soon meets a taxi dancer, moves in with her, and before too long a romance develops. Written by alfiehitchie

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CAUGHT...in the wild, frantic, furious...rat race!

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10 July 1960 (USA)  »

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Final film of Wally Cassell. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Brown: Look, Nellie...
Nellie: Don't "Nellie" me. "Nelson Miller" to you. "Mr. Miller" let's make it. I don't go for this "familiar." That's my trouble: familiar. The customers, the ponies - it doesn't profit.
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References Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) See more »

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That Old Black Magic
(uncredited)
Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
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Good comedy/drama on the hardships of survival in the big city...
25 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

DEBBIE REYNOLDS and TONY CURTIS are excellent as two young people in 60's-era New York City facing adversity with street smart skills developed after abuse from thugs like DON RICKLES (a savage performance), and other so-called big shots.

Curtis takes pity on Reynolds and invites her to share his flat--but his luck fades when his musical instrument is stolen. True love blossoms as Reynolds tries to help him with lots of obstacles thrown in their way by assorted no-gooders.

Garson Kanin directed from his play and he keeps the action moving and the stylish backgrounds show New York City scenes that would make any New Yorker nostalgic for "the way it was".

A downbeat, sometimes bitter dose of comedy/drama that has so much energy and such appealing performances from Reynolds and Curtis, that you'll be drawn into it from the start. Well worthwhile.


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