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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Complete credited cast:
Pete Hammond Jr.
Peggy Brown
Mac, Owner of Macs Bar
Kay Medford ...
Mrs. 'Soda' Gallo, Landlady
Mrs. Edie Kerry
Hal K. Dawson ...
Bo Kerry
Telephone Repairman
Lisa Drake ...
Joe Bushkin ...
Frankie J, Bandleader
Carl 'Tip', Member of The Red Peppers
Gerry Mulligan ...


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!


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

10 July 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Garson Kanin's The Rat Race  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Peggy Brown: [as Nellie removes her earrings for debt repayment purposes] They're only glass.
Nellie: So is the United Nations building. But it stands for something. Now give me your fingers.
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References The Giant Gila Monster (1959) See more »


Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
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Not a pleasant film but very "effective" and very intriguing
27 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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