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Valley of the Dolls -- Based on Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel of the same name, VALLEY OF THE DOLLS details the perils of the struggle for -- and attainment of -- fame by following the paths of three female acquaintances in New York City.
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Valley of the Dolls -- Trailer for this film based on the novel
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"This is my yard/So I will try hard/To welcome friends/I have yet to know!" See more (139 total) »

Cast

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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:
Sherry Alberoni ... Neely O'Hara (voice) (uncredited)
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)
Harry Stanton ... Jennifer's Date at the Blue Angel Nightclub (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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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:PG-13 (DVD Rating) | USA:PG-13 (Digital Streaming) | USA:TV-14 (TV Rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #21533)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Come Live With Me", written by André Previn, was inspired by the Christopher Marlowe poem of the same name.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Anne Welles:Neely, you know it's bad to take liquor with those pills.
Neely O'Hara:They work faster.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Veep: Clovis (#3.4)" (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'll Plant My Own TreeSee more »

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53 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
"This is my yard/So I will try hard/To welcome friends/I have yet to know!", 27 July 2001
Author: TJBNYC (limboultra@aol.com) from NY, NY

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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