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Director:
Writers:
Jacqueline Susann (novel)
Helen Deutsch (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
9 February 1968 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The nation's most startling and hotly discussed best-seller now on the screen with every shock and sensation intact See more »
Plot:
Film version of Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel chronicling the rise and fall of three young ladies in show business. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
No flick is for literally EVERYone... See more (137 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Barbara Parkins ... Anne Welles

Patty Duke ... Neely O'Hara
Paul Burke ... Lyon Burke

Sharon Tate ... Jennifer North
Tony Scotti ... Tony Polar

Martin Milner ... Mel Anderson
Charles Drake ... Kevin Gillmore
Alexander Davion ... Ted Casablanca (as Alex Davion)

Lee Grant ... Miriam Polar

Naomi Stevens ... Miss Steinberg
Robert H. Harris ... Henry Bellamy
Jacqueline Susann ... First Reporter
Robert Viharo ... Director

Joey Bishop ... MC at Telethon
George Jessel ... MC Grammy Awards

Susan Hayward ... Helen Lawson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Angarola ... Claude Chardot (uncredited)
Mikel Angel ... Man in Sleazy Hotel Room (uncredited)
Penny Antine ... Nurse in Sanitarium (uncredited)

David Arkin ... Western Union Boy (uncredited)
Philippe Auber ... Jennifer's Leading Man (uncredited)
Billy Beck ... Man Sleeping in Movie Theatre (uncredited)
Pat Becker ... Telethon Telephone Girl (uncredited)
Richard Brander ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Marvin Brody ... Movie Theatre Manager (uncredited)
Norman Burton ... Neely O'Hara's Director (uncredited)
Owen Bush ... Reporter at Suicide (uncredited)
Barry Cahill ... Rough Character in San Francisco Bar (uncredited)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Reporter (uncredited)
Gene Columbus ... Dancer (uncredited)

Darlene Conley ... Nurse in Sanitarium (uncredited)
Mason Curry ... Waiter at New Haven Hotel (uncredited)

Richard Dreyfuss ... Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)

Diana Eden ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ellaraino ... Nurse in Sanitarium (uncredited)
Allen Emerson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Falk ... Neely O'Hara's Stage Manager (uncredited)
Roy Fitzell ... Choreographer (uncredited)
Gertrude Flynn ... Ladies' Room Attendant (uncredited)
Jennifer Gan ... Show Girl Actress (uncredited)
Jeanne Gerson ... Neely O'Hara's Maid (uncredited)
Robert Gibbons ... Desk Clerk at Lawrenceville Hotel (uncredited)
Laurence Haddon ... Frank - Blue Angel Nightclub Owner (uncredited)
Paul Hahn ... Captain of Waiters at Chasens (uncredited)

Marvin Hamlisch ... Pianist (uncredited)
Ernest Harada ... Lyon's Houseboy (uncredited)
Jonathan Hawke ... Doctor in Sanitarium (uncredited)

Richard Hoyt ... Reporter #2 at Suicide (uncredited)
Kathryn Janssen ... Extra (uncredited)
Jason Johnson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Maurice Kelly ... Dance Director in Montage (uncredited)
Charlotte Knight ... Neely O'Hara's Maid (uncredited)
Ted Kristian ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Gerry Lock ... Nurse in Sanitarium (uncredited)
Judith Lowry ... Aunt Amy (uncredited)
Donna Mantoan ... Girl in Sanitarium (uncredited)
Mardie March ... Reporter (uncredited)
Marian Mason ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bob McCord ... Edward - Playhouse Bartender (uncredited)
Leslie McRay ... Ted's Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... Helen Lawson's Maid (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Bartender (uncredited)
Barry O'Hara ... Asst. Stage Manager (uncredited)
Linda Peck ... Telethon Telephone Girl (uncredited)
Thelma Pelish ... Rehearsal Hall Receptionist (uncredited)

Gil Peterson ... Neely's Leading Man (uncredited)
Don Pethley ... Reporter (uncredited)
Leona Powers ... Woman at Martha Washington Hotel (uncredited)
Peggy Rea ... Neely O'Hara's Vocal Coach (uncredited)
Margaret Shinn ... Nurse (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Maitre D' at Chasens (uncredited)
Joe Stefano ... San Francisco Bartender (uncredited)
Margot Stevenson ... Anne's Mother (uncredited)
Gail Stone ... Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
Robert Street ... Choreographer (uncredited)

Corinna Tsopei ... Telethon Telephone Girl (uncredited)
John Ward ... Neely O'Hara's Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Darryl Wells ... Willie, Anne's Boyfriend Left Behind at Train Station (uncredited)
Louis Whitehill ... Reporter (uncredited)

Margaret Whiting ... Helen Lawson (uncredited) (singing voice)
Patricia Winters ... Redhead (uncredited)
William Wintersole ... Tony's Doctor (uncredited)
Charles Woolf ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Robson 
 
Writing credits
Jacqueline Susann (novel "Valley of the Dolls")

Helen Deutsch (screenplay) &
Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay)

Produced by
Mark Robson .... producer
David Weisbart .... producer
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
 
Casting by
Joe Scully (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Philip M. Jefferies (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Raphael Bretton  (as Raphael G. Bretton)
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Travilla (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Kenneth .... hair styles designer: Miss Parkins
Edith Lindon .... makeup supervisor
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist (as Kay Pownall)
 
Production Management
Francisco Day .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director
Robert J. Koster .... first assistant director: New York (uncredited)
Arthur Steckler .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound
David Dockendorf .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Gerald Endler .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Byers .... electrician (uncredited)
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor
John Williams .... conductor
John Williams .... music adaptor
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Frank Khoury .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Sidney .... choreographer
Edward Folger .... production assistant (uncredited)
Arthur Steckler .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving substance abuse, some sexual content, partial nudity and language (2006 re-rating)
Runtime:
123 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:PG-13 | USA:GP (1971 re-rating) | USA:PG-13 (2006 re-rating) | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Julie Christie turned down the role of Anne as well as of Jennifer.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:I want a doll! I want a doll!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
It's ImpossibleSee more »

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31 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
No flick is for literally EVERYone..., 5 December 2004
Author: TheConsensusOpinion from Earth

I find it interesting that so many feel it is essential to lambaste a film like VOTD. It is what it is -- and, like it or not, it does "work."

Is it dated? Well, let me answer that by asking the eternal question, "Does Raggedy Ann have cotton BOOBIES?" (Perhaps they're polyester, but you get the...uh -- point.) One simply cannot view all movies the same way -- let alone expect the same 'standards' for/from them. Were some of you anticipating Shakespeare or perhaps 'The Lion in Winter' when viewing VOTD?

This film sought to depict the PERCEIVED lives of entertainment professionals of the era, and in most ways it succeeds. Anyone worthy of his PEOPLE magazine subscription knows full-well that a great many such individuals lead tawdry lives and quite regularly spout inane, and mundane (not to mention SO VERY lame) bits of 'dialogue' ...

And has there ever -- and I do mean EVER -- been a bio of such a person that did NOT include the requisite drug addictions and 'rite-of-passage' stay at Betty Ford (or its predecessors), abortions, suicide attempts, medical emergencies, or otherwise 'near-tragic' near-endings?

There are many questions one really must ask himself when attempting to absorb fare such as this. And I actually believe that at least on one level VOTD is bona fide brilliant. Consider from whose point of view this material is seen. What did the consumers of entertainers expect or presume about the lives of 'stars' and public persons based on the limited blurbs of truth, rumor and innuendo leaked out in the 60's?

This flick is attempting to convey the general theme that people of that ilk and the lengths to which they were willing to go to achieve or maintain their perceived "status" were simply 'NOT TO BE BELIEVED' ... And finding fault with the production design or style of images filmed in the late 1960s is simply irrelevant in a story about people from (not to mention filmed in) that era!

One should also consider whether or not it was possible for the average viewer to have -- in any sense -- a "realistic" image of individuals who occupied this starry realm in a time long before 'Biography,' 'The E! True Hollywood Story,' and 'VH1's Behind the Music' ... With free love bustin' out all over why on earth would the people out there 'in the dark' want or expect those giant heads to look, act, or sound like the person sitting beside them (or those pitiful small, shrunken-by-censors heads from television)?

And if the hindsight of such expository cable programs today have told us anything at all about 'celebrities' it's that their lives actually ARE -- in so very many ways -- clichés!

By my accounting VOTD got it right -- exactly right. And I'll stake my film school (AND academic) education(s) and unfailing, critical eye on that. I love this film. Is it one of the ten best films of all time? Well, no -- it certainly isn't. But it IS one of my ten most favorite films of all time. (And not only should the theme song have been nominated for 'Song of the year' by the Academy -- it should have WON the Oscar... And I'll stake my undergrad music major education on THAT! It never ceases to amaze me how consistently the voters get that category exactly WRONG...)

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