Pal Joey

Pal Joey

George Sidney (2) (1957)

104min
PG Certificate
Saturday 1:30pm - 3:20pm BBC Two
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Frank Sinatra's expert delivery of some great Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart songs, which include The Lady Is a Tramp and My Funny Valentine, more than makes up for the whitewash here of the black-hearted hero from the stage version. Joey is now a crooner, not a hoofer as on stage, and his lust for bed (on the make for fading star Rita Hayworth, but really loving Kim Novak, in a rather pallid turn) and bright lights has been toned down for an out-of-kilter happy ending. The heel proves to have a soul, which is rather a pity as novelist John O'Hara's original Broadway exposé deserves a more sarcastic treatment.

Summary

A roguish singer dreams of owning his own nightclub. However, he finds himself in an enviable dilemma because of two women - one a wealthy socialite, whom he romances in the hope she will finance the enterprise, and the other a naive chorus girl, the true object of his affections. Musical drama, with Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak. Songs include The Lady Is a Tramp, My Funny Valentine and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.

Cast & Crew

Joey Evans Frank Sinatra
Vera Simpson Rita Hayworth
Linda English Kim Novak
Gladys Barbara Nichols
Ned Galvin Bobby Sherwood
Mike Miggins Hank Henry
Mrs Casey Elizabeth Patterson
Director George Sidney (2)
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Available on: Available on video and DVD

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