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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.

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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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Taglines:

IN THE TOUGHEST CITY IN THE WORLD...THEY GO TO THE ROUGHEST PARTIES! (original print ad - all caps) 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)

Gross USA:

$1,130,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,380,000, 31 December 1958
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Euterpe See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film did well at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $454,000 ($3.83M in 2017) according to studio records. This film pulled in a higher gross overseas than in the USA and Canada, a rare event for the time. See more »

Goofs

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

Rico Angelo: Cookie ain't a punk anymore. Him and me, we kinda merged. He takes care of the southern part of the state. I operate here. But, right now, the reason I want you to meet him, Cookie's in kind of a jam.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Chicago In The Early Thirties See more »

Connections

Referenced in Los atracadores (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Party Girl
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Tony Martin (uncredited)
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Ray rises above the material.
13 February 2013 | by bobsgrockSee all my reviews

Quite possibly Nicholas Ray's most visually eloquent film, the poorly- named Party Girl focuses not on the Cyd Charisse titular character but her romantic interest, mob lawyer Tom Farrell, played with great intensity and dedication by Robert Taylor.

Charisse is even more luminous than usual thanks in part to the mesmerizing lighting and camera work utilized by Ray in two major dance numbers obviously included to showcase MGM's most talented dancer. However, Ray was also able to elicit a rather touching albeit somewhat unrealistic performance from Charisse in playing a lonely showgirl drawn to Taylor's disfigured lawyer trapped in the world of defending known criminals.

Such a story had been done before many different ways, yet under Ray's direction the film achieves a certain sense of nobility and appreciation. It is not flashy, but not boring either. It is, as much of Ray's work was at the time, workman-like and beautifully crafted. Compared to much of the other features released at the time, Ray's films stand out today as rising above the material he was given to work with.


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