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The Rat Race -- A comedy-drama about a dancer living in New York and a would-be musician who platonically share an apartment and eventually fall in love as they struggle to make it in the New York "rat race."


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Garson Kanin (screenplay)
Garson Kanin (play)
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Release Date:
10 July 1960 (USA) See more »
Tagline: the wild, frantic, furious...rat race!
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 (19 total) »


  (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)
Tipp McClure ... Mickey (uncredited)
Frank Mitchell ... Good Humor Man (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Street Vendor (uncredited)
Mark Russell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Joseph Sullivan ... Marcus Karp (uncredited)
Joseph Terry ... Customer (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Dance Hall Extra (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Tip, Member of The Red Peppers (uncredited)

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

Saxophone solos for Tony Curtis were actually played by musicians Gerry Mulligan and Dave Pell.See more »
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 »
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4 out of 4 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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