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
Just before Tony and Debbie go to dinner to celebrate his scheduled audition with a famous jazz combo, Tony demonstrates his talent to Debbie by jamming with a quartet who is practicing in an apartment directly across the alley in a corner apartment, seen clearly through two open windows on the same level as Tony. The next day, Tony receives a phone call from the leader of the group, offering him a job. However, when Tony looks out the window while talking on the phone with the man, he has to look upward at an apartment two floors above him to see the man sitting at a window barely visible through a fire escape platform on a higher floor. See more »
Not a pleasant film but very "effective" and very intriguing
I was 9 years old when I first saw this movie, which was probably too young. I think it was the "B" movie accompanying "Bells Are Ringing" with Judy Holliday. To me (at that age), the movie was very grim, but mesmerizing. Main characters were extremely likable. You could not help but feel badly for Pete Hammond and Peggy Brown who were good folks but had to deal with such adversity. Watching the movie, one could not help but feel so badly for them (Tony Curtis' character for being trusting and having his musical instruments stolen, and Debbie Reynold's "hard" character (with a heart) for sacrificing to help Tony's character out and being abused by Don Rickles' character and his henchman.
Norman Fell and Don Rickles were very effective as the "heavies". To this day, I think of Don Rickles as "Nellie" in this film. I'm a Rickles fan, but can't make myself like him (smile).
Also love the NYC scenes, and film is almost nostalgic (NYC, the way it was in 1960).
Definitely a "must see". Great actors in their environment and in a past era. I have a VHS tape, but will order a DVD as soon as I log off :-) Tim
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