Valley of the Dolls (1967)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  9 February 1968 (Sweden)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tony Scotti ...
Charles Drake ...
Alexander Davion ...
Ted Casablanca (as Alex Davion)
Robert H. Harris ...
Jacqueline Susann ...
First Reporter
Robert Viharo ...
MC at Telethon
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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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In the Valley of the Dolls, it's instant turn-on... dolls to put you to sleep at night, kick you awake in the morning, make life seem great - instant love, instant excitement, ultimate hell! See more »


Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 February 1968 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Valle de las muñecas  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is listed among The 100 Most Amusingly Bad Moves Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE. See more »


After Lyon says goodbye to Anne and her entourage at a restaurant, we hear Jennifer hastily saying, "I'll have the butterfly steak." But the pan from Lyon to Jennifer is too quick, and her mouth isn't moving as she looks at the menu. See more »


Neely O'Hara: Having FUN kiddies?
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It's Impossible
Music by André Previn (as Andre Previn)
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Performed by Patty Duke (uncredited) (dubbed by Gaille Heideman)
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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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