A society playboy with a taste for the lowlife is set up for exploitation by an unscrupulous undercover cop and his shadowy political masters.

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Mickey Jelke
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Jack Kale
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Pat Ward
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Ray Davioni
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Erica Steele (as Anna Thomson)
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Frank Frustinsky
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Anthony Liebler
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Samuel Segal
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Judge Valente
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Frank Hogan
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Mrs. Jelke
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Milton Macka
Ivy DeFelitta ...
Dorothy Kilgallen (as Ivy De Felitta)
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New York 1952. Mickey Jelke inherits a big sum of money and spends his nights in Manhattan, painting the city red. Night after night, he can be found in one Broadway bar or the other, in the company of disreputable persons like pimps and prostitutes. One day,a shady cop, aided by Mickey's own girlfriend, Patricia, decides to accuse him of running a prostitution network. A scandal breaks out. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The Shocking True Story Of The Fall Of High Society.

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Rated R for strong sexuality and some language | See all certifications »
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10 July 1996 (France)  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$6,325 (USA) (18 July 1997)

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$6,325 (USA) (18 July 1997)
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Quotes

Mickey Jelke: Sorry you were late.
Patricia Ward: I forgive you.
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Don't Explain
(1944)
Written by Arthur Herzog Jr. (as Arthur Herzog) and Billie Holiday
Courtesy of MCA Music Publishing
Performed by June Christy
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Cema Special Markets
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Needs to be on DVD
21 February 2006 | by (Palos Verdes, CA) – See all my reviews

"Cafe Society" is a really good movie about the 50's that shows an underside to the squeaky-clean image that we normally associate with the Eisenhower era. It's sort of like "L.A. Confidential" and if you liked that movie you will definitely like this one. The movie captures a time and place where people were sexually liberated and, yes, there was some excessive behavior. Perhaps it was a foreshadowing of what was to come in the 60's. All the performances were good but Lara Flynn Boyle is a total standout. Hard to believe she went from this through "The Practice" and ended up in "Men In Black II" in less than a decade. For those of you who care about such things, there is an oral sex scene featuring her that pushes the boundaries for an R rated movie. Like I said I hope this gets a DVD release at some point because it clearly deserves one.


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