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Valley of the Dolls (1967)

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Film version of Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel chronicling the rise and fall of three young women in show business.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Jacqueline Susann (novel), Helen Deutsch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Parkins ... Anne Welles
Patty Duke ... Neely O'Hara
Paul Burke ... Lyon Burke
Sharon Tate ... Jennifer North
Tony Scotti ... Tony Polar
Martin Milner ... Mel Anderson
Charles Drake ... Kevin Gillmore
Alexander Davion ... Ted Casablanca (as Alex Davion)
Lee Grant ... Miriam Polar
Naomi Stevens ... Miss Steinberg
Robert H. Harris ... Henry Bellamy
Jacqueline Susann ... First Reporter
Robert Viharo ... Director
Joey Bishop ... MC at Telethon
George Jessel ... MC Grammy Awards
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Anne Welles, a bright, brash young New England college grad leaves her Peyton Place-ish small town and heads for Broadway, where she hopes to find an exciting job and sophisticated men. During her misadventures in Manhattan and, later, Hollywood, she shares experiences with two other young hopefuls: Jennifer North, a statuesque, Monroe-ish actress who wants to be accepted as a human being, but is regarded as a sex object by all the men she meets, and Neely O'Hara, a talented young actress who's accused of using devious means by a great older star (Helen Lawson) to reach the top, pulling an "All About Eve"-type deception in order to steal a good role away from her. Written by filmfactsman

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The motion picture that shows what America's all time #1 best seller first put into words! See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving substance abuse, some sexual content, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #835. See more »

Goofs

When Jennifer and Mel are discussing Neely at the poolside, Mel is about to light a cigarette. He has the cigarette and lighter in his hand. The next second while still saying the same sentence, the camera cuts to a close up of him and he has the lighted cigarette between his fingers. See more »

Quotes

Lyon Burke: Miss Welles, a raw recruit always dives for the nearest foxhole at the first burst of enemy fire. But, eh, don't let that happen to you. Don't you throw in the towel, just yet. This is a rather cruel business. But, it's also a great business and a rewarding business. For every Helen Lawson, there's always a Helen Hayes or a Mary Martin. Now, you think about that.
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Connections

Referenced in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Plant My Own Tree
Music by André Previn
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Sung by Susan Hayward (uncredited) (dubbed by Margaret Whiting)
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User Reviews

Trash--with a twist!
9 December 2002 | by denis-38See all my reviews

There's nothing I can add to the many hilarious and trenchant comments of other IMDB users--"Valley" will live forever as one of the greatest bad movies ever. But here's something nobody else has picked up on. The scene when Patty/Neely discovers hubby Ted cavorting in the pool with another woman? Well, before Patty/Neely sees them, she hears splashing and giddy, girlish laugh. That splash and laugh are Marilyn Monroe--audio from her famous nude swim scene in "Something's Git To Give," the movie she never finished.

Somebody at 20th Century Fox--MM's home studio--had a perverse sense of humor!


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USA

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Release Date:

9 February 1968 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Red Lion See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color

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2.40 : 1
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