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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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It lacks the archetypal romance of Breakfast at Tiffany's, but only by a little. See it! See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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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Trivia:
Final film of Wally Cassell.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:
Soundtrack:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
It lacks the archetypal romance of Breakfast at Tiffany's, but only by a little. See it!, 24 March 2012
Author: secondtake from United States

The Rat Race (1960)

Maybe this will help: Tony Curtis is himself, really strong, and if you like him, you'll like him. Debbie Reynolds is kind of at her best, for me, less trivial than she is sometimes portrayed. She doesn't dance or sing, but is just a girl trying to make it in New York. Throw in Don Rickles at an exaggerated but believable role, with less humor and more grotesqueness. Finally, though big sax man Gerry Mulligan gets big letters in the credits, he appears, as himself, only briefly (though we do get to hear him play for a few seconds).

But let's turn this around and talk plot. In a very broad way, this is a kind of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" a year earlier. Nice guy lands in New York without a clue and local woman is braving it on her own and having to compromise her principles in the process. Even the music, by Elmer Bernstein, is in a Henry Mancini style (only rarely dipping into any real jazz, for those looking for that). Though painted as a story of boy meets girl and the improbable follows the unlikely, the basic premise is heartwarming and true to a lot of our dreams of making it, and making it with the right person (both).

I liked this movie a lot. It's even photographed by Alfred Hitchcock's cinematographer, Robert Burks, and so it looks good, too, in mildly widescreen Technicolor. It's a situation drama/comedy--there is no sensing that this is actually real. In that sense it's really a 1960 era movie, when artifice had reached a truly plastic kind of height (sometimes with wonderful results, but even classics like, say, "West Side Story" have a style from the times that is neither classic 1940s Hollywood in its believability nor totally creative invention as with those rare movies here and there all through the decades). The point is, you have to like this kind of set-up style to start with. You probably know whether movies like some of the Doris Day classics or even Marilyn Monroe movies are up your alley.

Or "Breakfast at Tiffany's," or the black and white counterpart in a different sense, "The Apartment." I think this Curtis/Reynolds romantic comedy is totally overlooked, and deserves a close look. There are ever some fabulous if fleeting shots of busy New York City. And if you've never heard of the director, Robert Mulligan (no relation to Gerry), don't worry. He did pull off one all time classic handled with similar panache--"To Kill a Mockingbird." Yeah, don't underestimate this one.

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