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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
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 »
Judy Garland was originally screen-tested and signed to play the main supporting role of Helen Lawson. The studio even provided her with a pool table in her dressing room at her request. Eventually she backed out of the film and was ultimately replaced by Susan Hayward. She kept her costume when she walked off the film, and proceeded to wear the sequined pantsuit while performing in concerts around the world. The character of Neely O'Hara in the film was partially based on her own history (with pills, alcohol, and failed marriages). Sadly, it was Garland's real-life pill addiction that contributed to her leaving this film. See more »
While recovering in bed at the hotel after her biopsy, Jennifer's hair flip flops from hanging down her back to hanging down front of her nightgown. See more »
Classic, campy, and all around tragic (in a silly way). I wish I were Neely O'Hara with all those 'dolls' (I'd wish to be Helen Lawson, but I don't think I can pull that off even with years of lessons and continuing education at Miss Demeanor's charm school). It's a great imitation of life in art that makes you want to live with the following dogmas: vice is nice; all pills are conveniently packaged thrills; and that social climbing is totally acceptable just make sure you visit your manicurist regularly to get your nails done you don't want to be caught at the top with chipped fingernails from all that clawing and backstabbing. As Rupert Everett wrote in his seminal (literally) novel, 'Hello Darling, Are You Working?', 'one gets what one wants in the form that one deserves.' It may seem a horrible self-fulfilling prophecy, but whoever said that life is fair? At least this tragedy is closer to the truth. =)
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