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Valley of the Dolls (1967)

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Film version of Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel chronicling the rise and fall of three young ladies in show business.

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Anne Welles, a bright, brash young New England college grad leaves her Peyton Place-ish small town and heads for Broadway, where she hopes to find an exciting job and sophisticated men. During her misadventures in Manhattan and, later, Hollywood, she shares experiences with two other young hopefuls: Jennifer North, a statuesque, Monroe-ish actress who wants to be accepted as a human being, but is regarded as a sex object by all the men she meets, and Neely O'Hara, a talented young actress who's accused of using devious means by a great older star (Helen Lawson) to reach the top, pulling an "All About Eve"-type deception in order to steal a good role away from her. Written by filmfactsman

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The motion picture that shows what America's all time #1 best seller first put into words! See more »

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving substance abuse, some sexual content, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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9 February 1968 (Sweden)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Dionne Warwick was under contract to a different record label than 20th so the theme on the soundtrack album was sung by Dory Previn, who also wrote the lyrics. Margaret Whiting dubbed Susan Hayward but she was also under contract to a different label, so veteran voice double Eileen Wilson sings "I'll Plant My Own Tree" on the soundtrack album. See more »

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Although story covers a period of years dating back at least to early Sixties, none of fashions or hairstyles would have been out of place in 1967, year movie was filmed. See more »

Quotes

Neely O'Hara: Well, what nice fattening thing did you tell Arlene to make tonight?
Mel: Arlene quit. She said you yelled at her.
Neely O'Hara: She was a louse anyway. You said yourself she was taking home all the booze. Other people have loyal help. Why can't we?
Mel: You don't know how to talk to them.
Neely O'Hara: That's your job. You'd better start running this house properly.
Mel: I'm not the butler.
Neely O'Hara: You're not the breadwinner either!
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Soundtracks

I'll Plant My Own Tree
Music by André Previn (as (Andre Previn)
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Sung by Susan Hayward (uncredited) (dubbed by Margaret Whiting)
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"This is my yard/So I will try hard/To welcome friends/I have yet to know!"
27 July 2001 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This is it, kiddies, the Grande Dame of camp classics. The sheer ineptitude of everyone involved is staggering. Mark Robson directs without a trace of nuance or subtlety; Patty Duke and Susan Hayward come off as boozy drag queens; Sharon Tate and Barbara Parkins look and act as if they had taken one downer too many; Dory and Andre Previn's musical numbers are as funny as those in "The Operetta"--the "I Love Lucy" episode which parodied musical theater; Billy Travilla concocts some of the most glamorously god-awful gowns ever seen; and Kenneth (of Hairstyles by Kenneth, of course) must be personally responsible for the hole in the ozone layer, so lacquered, teased and towering are his creations. But, you know what? IT ALL WORKS. The source material--Jacqueline Susann's groundbreaking, scandalous novel--begs for sledgehammer direction, overripe acting and eyepopping fashions. Certainly, subtlety was not a hallmark of Jackie's work. If anything, VOTD should have been even MORE over-the-top. Due to restrictions of the time, the film is sadly devoid of such juicy plotlines as Jennifer's lesbian affair, Tony's preference for - ahem - rear-entry intercourse, and Neely walking in on Ted Casablanca's tryst with another man. What we have, instead, is an endlessly entertaining piece of cinematic trash that is nowhere near as racy as it would like us to believe; and that's part of its twisted charm. Because it fails on so many levels--as true art, as explicitly sexual titillation, or as a faithful adaptation of a popular book--it's downright inspiring that it comes together so brilliantly. VOTD's ultimate triumph is that, despite its incredible waste of talent, time and money, 30 years later, we're still watching.


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