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Pal Joey (1957)
Topic Started: Aug 8 2017, 07:05 PM (141 Views)
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Pal Joey (1957) Dir. George Sidney
A Columbia Picture
110 min. / Technicolor / 1.66:1
On DVD from Columbia and Blu-ray from Twilight Time

Down-on-his-luck nightclub singer Sinatra romances Novak, who won't give him a tumble (but will give him a puppy) while the snotty rich widow Hayward offers Frankie everything he wants - except to do things his way. Heartbreak, romance, and lotsa great songs on the streets of San Francisco.

Columbia had owned the rights to the Broadway show for about 15 years when they finally got 'round to making it, and Sinatra said other than From Here to Eternity he never wanted a part so badly. I can see why - this is a terrific role for him, a wonderful movie, and a lot of songs that became Frankie classics, including Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, The Lady is a Tramp, My Funny Valentine, and I Didn't Know What Time it Was, amongst several other memorable Rodgers & Hart numbers. Miss Hayward is past her prime and looks it, but Kim Novak - YUMMY (both of them are dubbed when they start singing) and Sinatra is at his best. I liked this movie a lot.

Million-dollar Dialog:
Landlady: "Sure you're not one of those sex fiends?"
Frankie: "Me? No, but I'm not against it."

The DVD I watched was, to be kind, nondescript, despite it being an official Columbia release. I'm tempted to upgrade to the Twilight Time Blu-ray next time they have a sale. The movie's that good.

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