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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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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 »

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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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Valle de las muñecas  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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The novel begins during a heat wave in New York City at the end of WWII whereas the film opens in the middle of winter with lots of snow. This occurred because the producers were anxious to get the film into production and didn't want to wait for the warmer weather; a fact which infuriated the book's author Jacqueline Susann. The film version was also updated so that instead of taking place from 1945 through the 1950s, the storyline ran from the mid to late 1960s. See more »

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In the famous catfight scene in the dressing room, Neely O' Hara was wearing drop earrings. After she pulled off the wig off Helen Lawson, the earrings were on her ears. She ran into the toilet room and the earrings mysteriously disappeared by the time she flushed the wig down the toilet. See more »

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Neely O'Hara: [drunk in a bar] Who's stoned? I am merely traveling incognito.
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References Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) See more »

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Come Live With Me
Written by André Previn
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Performed by Tony Scotti
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'Oh, the Susan Hayward of it all!'
29 June 2002 | by (Brookline, Massachusetts USA) – See all my reviews

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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