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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
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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This the next-to-last feature film appearance of veteran character actor Jack Oakie, who plays Mac, the owner of Mac's Bar. Oakie's last film appearance was in the Doris Day / Rock Hudson comedy "Lover Come Back" in 1961, one year after The Rat Race. Oakie went on to make TV appearances until 1966. He past away on January 23, 1978 in Los Angeles, California. 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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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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