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The Rat Race (1960)

Tender romantic comedy about an aspiring musician who arrives in New York in search of fame & fortune. He soon meets a taxi dancer, moves in with her, and before too long a romance develops.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Garson Kanin (screenplay), Garson Kanin (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... Pete Hammond Jr.
Debbie Reynolds ... Peggy Brown
Jack Oakie ... Mac, Owner of Macs Bar
Kay Medford ... Mrs. 'Soda' Gallo, Landlady
Don Rickles ... Nellie
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Edie Kerry
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Bo Kerry
Norman Fell ... Telephone Repairman
Lisa Drake Lisa Drake ... Toni
Joe Bushkin Joe Bushkin ... Frankie J, Bandleader
Sam Butera ... Carl 'Tip', Member of The Red Peppers
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan ... Gerry
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Tender romantic comedy about an aspiring musician who arrives in New York in search of fame & fortune. He soon meets a taxi dancer, moves in with her, and before too long a romance develops. Written by alfiehitchie

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CAUGHT...in the wild, frantic, furious...rat race!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Garson Kanin's The Rat Race See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This the next-to-last feature film appearance of veteran character actor Jack Oakie, who plays Mac, the owner of Mac's Bar. Oakie's last film appearance was in the Doris Day / Rock Hudson comedy "Lover Come Back" in 1961, one year after The Rat Race. Oakie went on to make TV appearances until 1966. He passed away on January 23, 1978 in Los Angeles, California. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Brown: I wouldn't want to get talked into anything. Anything bad ever happened to me, it was because I got talked in.
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References The Giant Gila Monster (1959) See more »

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It Could Happen to You
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Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
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Good comedy/drama on the hardships of survival in the big city...
25 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

DEBBIE REYNOLDS and TONY CURTIS are excellent as two young people in 60's-era New York City facing adversity with street smart skills developed after abuse from thugs like DON RICKLES (a savage performance), and other so-called big shots.

Curtis takes pity on Reynolds and invites her to share his flat--but his luck fades when his musical instrument is stolen. True love blossoms as Reynolds tries to help him with lots of obstacles thrown in their way by assorted no-gooders.

Garson Kanin directed from his play and he keeps the action moving and the stylish backgrounds show New York City scenes that would make any New Yorker nostalgic for "the way it was".

A downbeat, sometimes bitter dose of comedy/drama that has so much energy and such appealing performances from Reynolds and Curtis, that you'll be drawn into it from the start. Well worthwhile.


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