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The Rat Race (1960)

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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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Complete credited cast:
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Pete Hammond Jr.
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Peggy Brown
Jack Oakie ...
Mac, Owner of Macs Bar
Kay Medford ...
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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CAUGHT...in the wild, frantic, furious...rat race!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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10 July 1960 (USA)  »

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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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Mac, Owner of Macs Bar: Ah don't sweat honey, perfectly normal. Half the world is looking for the other half, did you ever notice it? Just consider, buyers and sellers trying to meet up, and visa versa. Crooks lookin' for suckers, boys for girls. Tops for bottoms and bottoms for tops, very interesting - no end. Jobs lookin' for people, people lookin' for jobs... or for trouble. Ah no hon, it's nothin' to be ashamed of.
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References Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) See more »

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Lullaby of Birdland
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Written by George Shearing
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Sax Appeal
6 April 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Midwestern saxophonist Tony Curtis (as Pete Hammond Jr.) arrives in New York City, seeking fame and fortune. Instead, he finds himself lost in "The Rat Race". Mr. Curtis quickly meets disillusioned Debbie Reynolds (as Peggy Brown). Ms. Reynolds works as a paid dancing partner, for sailors and other lonely men. The two decide to pool their resources by sharing an apartment, agreeing to a platonic living arrangement. The roommates frequent the local watering hole, and hear older, wiser owner Jackie Oakie (as Mac) and landlady Kay Medford (as Soda) dispense words of wisdom. Curtis loses his musical instruments. Then, Reynolds loses her job.

Will Curtis and Reynolds gain romance?

Robert Mulligan's version of Garson Kanin's play, which starred Barry Nelson and Betty Field, never really takes off. Curtis and Reynolds (and the film, generally) look way too sharp to be Mr. Kanin's desolation row denizens, clawing their way to the top. Don Rickles is a highlight, as Reynolds' brutal, sadistic boss. Norman Fell is amusing, as the telephone man. Reynolds is unexpectedly glamorous, almost more suited for the lead in "Butterfield 8"; and, she looks especially sexy undressing for the lecherous Mr. Rickles.

***** The Rat Race (7/10/60) Robert Mulligan ~ Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds, Don Rickles


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