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Director:
Writers:
Garson Kanin (screenplay)
Garson Kanin (play)
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Release Date:
10 July 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Tender romantic comedy about an aspiring musician who arrives in New York in search of fame & fortune... See more » | Add synopsis »
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the casting, the music, the unconventional See more (16 total) »

Cast

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Tony Curtis ... Pete Hammond Jr.

Debbie Reynolds ... Peggy Brown
Jack Oakie ... Mac, Owner of Macs Bar
Kay Medford ... Mrs. 'Soda' Gallo, Landlady

Don Rickles ... Nellie
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Edie Kerry
Hal K. Dawson ... Bo Kerry

Norman Fell ... Telephone Repairman
Lisa Drake ... Toni
Joe Bushkin ... Frankie J, Bandleader

Sam Butera ... Carl 'Tip', Member of The Red Peppers
Gerry Mulligan ... Gerry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stanley Adams ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Elmer Bernstein ... Member of The Red Peppers (uncredited)
Wally Cassell ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Mahlon Clark ... Musician (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Hotel Lobby Extra (uncredited)
Jacques Gallo ... French Sailor (uncredited)
Stanley Greene ... New York Bus Terminal Baggage Handler (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Hotel Lobby Extra (uncredited)
Richard Keene ... Eddie (uncredited)
Bob Kenaston ... Trumpet Player, Member of Red Peppers (uncredited)
Donald Lamont ... Norm (uncredited)
David Landfield ... Tod (uncredited)
Johnny Lee ... Janitor (uncredited)
Louis Lettieri ... Boy (uncredited)
Jack McClure ... Mickey (uncredited)
Frank Mitchell ... Good Humor Man (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Street Vendor (uncredited)
Mark Russell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Joseph Sullivan ... Marcus Karp (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Dance Hall Extra (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Tip, Member of The Red Peppers (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Mulligan 
 
Writing credits
Garson Kanin (screenplay)

Garson Kanin (play)

John Michael Hayes  uncredited

Produced by
Gordon Cornell Layne .... associate producer
William Perlberg .... producer
George Seaton .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alma Macrorie 
 
Art Direction by
Tambi Larsen 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Frank R. McKelvy  (as Frank McKelvy)
Maurice Goodman (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair styles supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Hedy Mjorud .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Harry Caplan .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Curtis Mick .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Robert R. Snody .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Caffey .... assistant director
Dale Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Angelo Laiacona .... first assistant director: New York (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Vern Bain .... props (uncredited)
Carl Coleman .... props (uncredited)
Dick Webb .... prop shop (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
A.H. Barnett .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Bill Clark .... boom operator (uncredited)
Henry Keener .... sound cable (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gene Liggett .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Nostri .... grip (uncredited)
Loren Nutten .... best boy (uncredited)
G.E. Richardson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
Herb Welts .... grip (uncredited)
Stanley Williams .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenita Dinneen .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Robert Magahay .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Theodore Taylor .... assistant to producers
Kathleen Fagan .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Milt Watt .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Garson Kanin's The Rat Race" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | West Germany:16 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Giant Gila Monster (1959)See more »
Soundtrack:
It Could Happen to YouSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
the casting, the music, the unconventional, 14 August 2011
Author: j_eyon-2 from Seattle WA USA

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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