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Playgirl (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 21 April 1954 (USA)
A naive Nebraska girl dreams of success in New York where she immerses herself in the glitzy glamorous life of the nightlife and the nightclubs frequented by rich playboys but murder and manipulative people eventually burst her bubble.


Joseph Pevney


Robert Blees (screenplay), Ray Buffum (story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelley Winters ... Fran Davis
Barry Sullivan ... Mike Marsh
Colleen Miller ... Phyllis Matthews
Richard Long ... Barron Courtney III
Gregg Palmer ... Tom Bradley
Kent Taylor ... Ted Andrews
Jacqueline deWit ... Greta Marsh
Dave Barry ... Jonathan Hughes, Photographer
Philip Van Zandt ... Lew Martel
James McCallion ... Paul
Paul Richards ... Wilbur
Helen Beverley Helen Beverley ... Anne
Myrna Hansen Myrna Hansen ... Linda
Mara Corday ... Pam
Don Avalier Don Avalier ... Pancho


Nightclub singer Fran Davis is out to educate her out-of-town friend Phyllis Matthews on the ins-and-outs of life in the Big City. But, par for the course in this Joseph Pevney potboiler, publisher Mike Marsh, Fran's lover and unhappy married man to begin with, falls in love with Phyllis. There is a misunderstanding of the situation by the two girls. The girls quarrel, Marsh is shot, Fran hits the skids and she and Phyllis, to say the least, are on the outs. Then Fran learns that Phyllis is about to be used unwittingly as a decoy in a murder. Fran rides to her friend's rescue. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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You call her a 'Playgirl'...but this girl plays for keeps! See more »


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Phyllis Matthews: [opening narration] There it is - the big city! You just name it and New York's supposed to have it. That's why thousands of people keep pouring in, all looking for something; a career, success, for love, or for something they can't even define, like me. I'm Phyllis Matthews from Nebraska. I finally arrived on a bus - this bus - I wasn't quite sure what I was looking for either but I knew I'd find it only in New York.
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Lie to Me Baby
Written by Ray Gilbert
Sung by Shelley Winters
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Suffering In Mink
4 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Colleen Miller comes from Nebraska to New York. She stays with her cousin, showgirl Shelley Winters while she makes her way as she knows not what. She gets a couple of lucky breaks, and then the boyfriends, money, luxury apartments, and bullets start flying in this tawdry cheap-girls-in-mink soap opera.

It's not the sort of story I enjoy, but director Joseph Pevney handles it well enough, thanks to a good cast -- Miss Miller got the best reviews of her career for her role -- and Universal's ability to put all the men in dinner jackets and the women in slinky dresses and mink stoles. Pevney started out as a child performer in vaudeville. By 1936, he was an actor on Broadway. After the Second World War, he moved to Los Angeles, where he acted in Paul Muni's theater troupe and had tiny roles in movies. He became a movie director in 1950, but that faded out towards the end of the decade, and he worked until 1985 as a TV director -- tied with Marc Daniels for directing the most episodes of the original STAR TREK. He died in 2008 at the age of 96.

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21 April 1954 (USA) See more »

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Fille de plaisir See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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