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Valley of the Dolls (1967)

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

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Storyline

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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Drama | Music | Romance

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Das Tal der Puppen  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$44,432,255

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,000,000, 31 January 1973
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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

Lucille Ball was originally considered for the role of Helen Lawson, which went to Susan Hayward after Judy Garland left production. See more »

Goofs

When Neely is tap dancing on the table, shown by her shadow on the wall, there is clearly no pony tail on the shadow, but when she jumps down she has a pony tail. See more »

Quotes

Neely O'Hara: I'm scared. I've forgotten how to sleep without dolls. I can't get through a day without a doll. Please, Lyon, don't send me there. I need a doll! Lyon, don't leave me here! Just give me a doll! Just one! Lyon!
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Referenced in Inside the Actors Studio: Martin Scorsese (2002) See more »

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It's Impossible
Music by André 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 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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