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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.

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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

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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 February 1968 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Valley of the Dolls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Red Lion See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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Trivia

Despite its strong box office performance, the general consensus was that audiences had difficulty accepting the clean-cut Patty Duke in the role of a pill-popping prima donna. The irony was that Duke in real life had become addicted to drugs because her guardians fed them to her to help her with her acting. See more »

Goofs

When a drunken Neely plops down on a chaise at Lyon's house, one of the bows on her shoe comes flying off. See more »

Quotes

Anne Welles: Neely, you know it's bad to take liquor with those pills.
Neely O'Hara: They work faster.
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Connections

Edited into Intimate Portrait: Patty Duke (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Give A Little More
Music by André Previn
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Performed by Patty Duke (uncredited) (dubbed by Gaille Heideman)
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24 September 1999 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

This movie is the greatest example of 'camp' that Hollywood ever produced. It is hysterical, stupid and lame, but you cannot take your eyes off the screen for a second. The casting is questionable (Patty Duke cannot sing, Parkins cannot do drama and I cannot badmouth Tate, but...), but the greatest legacy is Susan Hayward as Helen Lawson, the biggest bitch in the world. No one spits out a swear word or an insult like Hayward!


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