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- Dashiell Barnes
An underrated & entertaining musical. Sinatra won a Golden Globe for his performance as a renowned ladies man who woos Novak & Hayworth, the latter in her final musical. Oscar-nominated art direction & costumes overpower the flawed & sometimes dull story. A finely-made musical that introduces many of Sinatra's signature songs. I give it a 3.5/5.
A Delightfully Strong Entertaining Musical.
- Frank Harris Horn
Frank Sinatra is in peak form as he co-stars opposite Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak in George Sidney's musical extravaganza based on John O'Hara's play adapted from his short stories produced on Broadway by George Abbott. Ol' Blue Eyes plays Joey Evans, a womanizing nightclub singer, who finances his own nightclub through the "sponsorship" of a wealthy widow (Hayworth) until he casts a beautiful nightclub dancer (Novak) to perform in his opening act. Although Sinatra plays the leading role, the movie's top billing went to Rita Hayworth. Featuring a series of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's songs including "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered", "The Lady is a Tramp", "My Funny Valentine", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Zip", "There's a Small Hotel", "That Terrific Rainbow", "I Could Write a Book" and "Great Big Town". One of Ol' Blue Eyes greatest achievements. Both Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak are stunningly beautiful. Look fast for a young Robert Reed. Filmed on location in San Francisco and Berkeley, California. With Hank Henry, Barbara Nichols, Bobby Sherwood, Elizabeth Patterson, John Hubbard, Ellie Kent, Frank Wilcox, James Seay, Bek Nelson & Pierre Watkin.
Pal Joey (1957)
- Jay Higgins
I am not a big Frank Sinatra fan, but he is very good in this movie. The rest of the cast is terrific as well. Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak especially. Beautiful costumes, outstanding music. A solid classic musical. Excellent production, first rate all the way.
Hayworth, Novak & Sinatra Scorcher
This film was supposed to have been Rita Hayworth's farewell to filmmaking. It's a real stunner. Sinatra's in his prime and never better in a role or in singing voice. Kim Novak is sizzling hot dancing, singing and acting in her gorgeous form. Then add a middle-age Rita Hayworth to the mix, to whom Sinatra sings "The Lady is Tramp" ever so flirtatiously, charming the boa off of Hayworth and we've got an A-1 classic. Hayworth does one last dance, being conned into it by Joey (Sinatra), during a socialite auction. He auction's her dance off to the crowd naming her as a former stripper! The plot it super entertaining, dramatic, partly musical, well danced, and the acting is rare. 10+.
Choice Hawyworth, Novak and Sintra Film
When it comes to classics it would be easy to always write 'this is one of my favorite films'. "Pal Joey" just is. Some films have nearly perfect moments in them that I'll never forget for the rest of my life. That moment in this film is when Sinatra sings to Hayworth, "That's why the Lady is Tramp." Sinatra is at the top of his famous form. Hayworth's acting, especially her facial expresssions as they change while he's singing to her are ever so slight and telling. He's charming and so is she. What a great film.
"Play It Again," TCM...
Is it Rita Hayworth's charisma or Frank Sinatra's, her dancing or his singing, or their deliciously sexy alchemy? I can't find fitting words. What I know is I want to watch "Pal Joey" & hear Rita say to Frank in her deepest tone of voice, "Come now beauty," after he charms the boa off of her singing, "That's Why the lady is a Tramp." There are some rare moments on film that are so choice that no one could ever even come close to doing them just so again. "Pal Joey," is for some unknown reason a most severely under-rated film fantastic. The music score's to die for. Kim Novak is an extra added attraction. Maybe the public wanted Rita and Frank to wind up together. This was supposed to have been Hayworth's swan song. But, she returned filmmaking, albeit with undiagnosed early onset Alzheimers. One of my favorite films of the late 50's.
Pal Joey Classic: Top Ten on My list
Rita Hayworth announced this would be her final film. She wanted to focus on her home life. Frank Sinatra, who called her, "Miss Rita," with provocative innuendoes, made sure Hayworth received top billing even though Sinatra's Joey, the title character and lead. Hayworth plays a middle-age woman of wealth who was a 'dancer'. During a benefit, when Sinatra's a hired hand, acting as MC during the last part of the charity auction, he puts Hayworth's character up for auction to dance just like she'd done in her past. Joey's deliberately humiliated the grand dame of the charity benefit. The crowd bids sky high to see her dance and she does (gratefully!). She shows up at the bar where he sings. There, Sinatra immortalizes "The Lady is a Tramp," singing it to her. Fabulous scipt, score cast & acting. CLASSIC!
Amazing soundtrack and great film as well!
- Valerie Curtis MD
This film grows on me more each time I watch it since not only are there wonderful performances by Frank, Rita, and Kim and they all look fabulous, the story is sweet and fun as well, but top it all off with a tremendous soundtrack. I've always loved Frank Sinatra but I hadn't heard any of these songs before since this era was before my time, but when I heard him sing "The Lady Is A Tramp" I was mesmerized; what a great performance and a wonderful song, and all the other songs are fantastic, including Rita's "Zip", "My Funny Valentine" (which I had heard before", "Bewitched...", "I Didn't Know What Time it Was" and so on. I'd never heard of Rogers and Hart but have enormous respect for their talents and the performances were great also..these are truly beautiful great songs. I generally dislike musicals but I can't get enough of this one..I even bought the CD and lots of other Frank CDs as a result! Valerie
Frank Sinatra is always great
I don't think I've seen a Frank Sinatra performance I didn't enjoy. I like Rita Hayworth in this film, too. It's worth seeing if only for the songs.
I love this film! I don't think you could do much better than Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, and Rita Hayworth. I don't even like a lot of musicals, but I really love this one! It has some great songs and its a really cute film.