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Party Girl (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 February 1959 (UK)
Lawyer Tommy Farrell is a defender of crooks. Vicki Gaye encourages him to go straight, but mob king Rico Angelo insists otherwise.

Director:

Nicholas Ray

Writers:

George Wells (screenplay), Leo Katcher (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Tommy Farrell
Cyd Charisse ... Vicki Gaye
Lee J. Cobb ... Rico Angelo
John Ireland ... Louis Canetto
Kent Smith ... Jeffrey Stewart
Claire Kelly ... Genevieve Farrell
Corey Allen ... Cookie La Motte
Lewis Charles ... Danny Rimett
David Opatoshu ... Lou Forbes
Kem Dibbs Kem Dibbs ... Joey Vulner
Patrick McVey Patrick McVey ... Detective O'Malley
Barbara Lang ... Ginger D'Amour
Myrna Hansen Myrna Hansen ... Joy Hampton
Betty Utey Betty Utey ... Cindy Consuelo
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Storyline

Lawyer Thomas Farrell has made a career defending crooks in trials. He has never realized that there is a downside to his success, until he meets the dancer Vicki Gaye. She makes him decide to get a better reputation. But mob king Rico Angelo *insists* that he continues his services. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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You'll meet her at the roughest parties...with the toughest guys in town! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Party Girl - Das Mädchen aus der Unterwelt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,758,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Euterpe See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Nicholas Ray was certainly impressed with Robert Taylor's commitment. "He worked for me like a true Method actor," said Ray, who remembered Taylor going to an osteologist, poring over X-rays and asking probing questions so that he would have an understanding of where in his body the pain would be from his character's crippled leg. See more »

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When the two men are gunned down running after the train, the sub-machine gun in the foreground is clearly not pointed at the pair. See more »

Quotes

Louis Canetto: Stick close to me puss. You're bringing me good luck.
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Soundtracks

Party Girl
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Tony Martin (uncredited)
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Neat Ray Film
30 July 2004 | by harry-76See all my reviews

Most any film directed by Nicholas Ray is usually worth watching, and "Party Girl's" no exception. Ray took here what might have been a quite routine movie under another director and turned it into something quite interesting.

He extracted an unusually strong performance from Robert Taylor, who celebrated his final MGM film here, and drew equally effective work from Cyd Charisse, who also demonstrated her formidable dancing skills.

Then there was that burly "brute" Lee J. Cobb doing his no-nonsense "gangster thing," which always rang true. Yes, "Party Girl" had lots of bite.

A bit of age comparisons are interesting here. Would you believe the actors playing the "handsome leading man" and "sinister character villain" were both born the same year? It was 1911 when Taylor and (gulp) Cobb entered this world. Adding to the mix, Ray was also born the same year, making for a perfect triumvirate. (Trivia note: Taylor and Ray both expired of the same terminal illness.)

Charisse showed what a 37-year-old-dancer-in-shape can do. Dig those mobile movements: cool hip action, fast torso turns, strenuous leg extensions and fantastic full-bodied falls. Cyd seemed one of the last holdouts as the film musical glory days "bit the dust."

The post-Lewis B. Mayer period allowed for more violence than ever before at MGM, and "Party Girl" had its abundant supply in the final gangland sequences.


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