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The Rat Race (1960)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  10 July 1960 (USA)
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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.

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Pete Hammond Jr.
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Mac, Owner of Macs Bar
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Mrs. 'Soda' Gallo, Landlady
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Nellie
Marjorie Bennett ...
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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Garson Kanin's The Rat Race  »

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Elmer Bernstein, the film's composer, has an unaccredited roles as a member of a jazz band called The Red Peppers. Bernstein is the man in the red shirt who wears sunglasses. See more »

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Mrs. 'Soda' Gallo, Landlady: The time that guy broke into my rear bedroom, remember? I didn't scream, I just looked at him... and he screamed.
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References The Giant Gila Monster (1959) See more »

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That Old Black Magic
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Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
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the casting, the music, the unconventional
14 August 2011 | by (Seattle WA USA) – See all my reviews

if you're thinking of Tony Curtis and Debbie Reynolds with their Hollywood glamor - you're in for quite a surprise - this is grittier stuff than they usually did - altho - not guttery or depressing - as it would be in todays milieu

try to overlook the residue of Tonys Bronx accent - and enjoy his eager Midwestern saxophonist arriving in the jazz musicians mecca - Noo Yook City

except he's not in a typical Hollywood success story - here the emphasis is on disillusionment - and its actually risqué for its time - with Tony and struggling dancer Debbie Reynolds sharing an apartment - both actors are very good - Debbie could have used more such roles

the script is too talky perhaps - too much like a stage play - the most memorable thing for me beside the stars is the music - especially the throbbing theme song played over the opening scenes of Tony's cross country bus ride - from the plains of the Midwest - to smog shrouded NYC

and i can still hear in my mind the driving version of THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC played with real life saxophonists Sam Butera and Jerry Mulligan

  • and Joe Buskin at the keys - that scene demonstrates how convincing


Curtis was at faking playing a saxophone - notice his red face while playing the large baritone sax - when i was in the school band - i could barely get a sound out of one of them


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