Welcome Guest [Log In] [Register]
Welcome to In The Balcony. We hope you enjoy your visit.

You're currently viewing our forum as a guest. This means you are limited to certain areas of the board and there are some features you can't use. If you join our community, you'll be able to access member-only sections, and use many member-only features such as customizing your profile, sending personal messages, and voting in polls. Registration is simple, fast, and completely free. Plus, you'll be eligible for the monthly $1 million prize. (Not really.)

Join our community!

If you're already a member please log in to your account to access all of our features:

Username:   Password:
Add Reply
Pal Joey (1957)
Topic Started: Aug 8 2017, 07:05 PM (141 Views)
Laughing Gravy
Member Avatar
Look for In The Balcony on Facebook!
[ *  *  * ]
Posted Image

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.

"I'm glad that this question came up, because there are so many ways to answer it that one of them is bound to be right." - Robert Benchley
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
« Previous Topic · Singin' and Dancin' · Next Topic »
Add Reply