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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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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:
Saxophone solos for Tony Curtis were actually played by musicians Gerry Mulligan and Dave Pell.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Just before Tony and Debbie go to dinner to celebrate his scheduled audition with a famous jazz combo, Tony demonstrates his talent to Debbie by jamming with a quartet who is practicing in an apartment directly across the alley in a corner apartment, seen clearly through two open windows on the same level as Tony. The next day, Tony receives a phone call from the leader of the group, offering him a job. However, when Tony looks out the window while talking on the phone with the man, he has to look upward at an apartment two floors above him to see the man sitting at a window barely visible through a fire escape platform on a higher floor.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
If I Can Make It There, 25 October 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In watching The Rat Race today, I was struck by the fact that this film did not lead to any more parts like the one she played here for Debbie Reynolds. She was quite a revelation as the girl who's been around the block a few times and just struggling to stay alive in that meat grinder called New York.

By the time The Rat Race came out, Tony Curtis was already being taken quite seriously as an actor with The Sweet Smell Of Success and The Defiant Ones behind him. But Reynolds was America's sweetheart, still basking in the sympathy of the American public when Elizabeth Taylor stole husband Eddie Fisher. She played good girl roles almost exclusively, but here she takes on a part that you would have more readily cast Elizabeth Taylor.

Curtis is from the Midwest and an aspiring jazz musician who comes to New York, but gets quickly victimized by a cruel city. Reynolds is a woman who is an aspiring model who does what she has to in order to survive. But that's coming to an end as landlady Kay Medford wants her money and thug Don Rickles who she's into wants something else and quick.

The two of them decide to move in together without benefit of clergy, something that was still quite daring with the Code firmly in place. It's strictly economic at first, but you know these two people living one step from the gutter would fall for each other.

The film was based on a play that Garson Kanin wrote and ran 84 performances in the 1949-50 season on Broadway. It starred Betty Field and Barry Nelson on stage and repeating his role from the original cast as a musician con man is jazz great Joe Bushkin.

Besides Reynolds the performance to really watch out for is Don Rickles as murderous hood Nellie. For those of you who think of Rickles as insult comedian to the stars, his performance will knock your socks off. He far more than Debbie was the real surprise here. Jack Oakie has one of his last roles as a philosophical bartender, serving drinks in the downstairs of Kay Medford's boarding house.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Debbie Reynolds might have taken this part to prove she had every bit the acting chops Elizabeth Taylor did. She certainly proved it to me and The Rat Race ranks as one of the best performances by either of the two stars.

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