Pal Joey

  • PG
  • George Sidney (2) (1957)
  • US
  • 104 min
Pal Joey
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Musical comedy starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak. Charming singer Joey Evans arrives in San Francisco to work in a seedy nightclub and is determined to make it big. However, he scores his biggest hits with a wealthy socialite and a chorus-line beauty, forcing him to choose between easy success and true love.

Cast and crew


Joey Evans
Frank Sinatra
Vera Simpson
Rita Hayworth
Linda English
Kim Novak
Barbara Nichols
Ned Galvin
Bobby Sherwood
Mike Miggins
Hank Henry
Mrs Casey
Elizabeth Patterson


George Sidney (2)

Other Information

Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG