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- kevin sellers
Noble attempt to make a psychological private eye film sans shooting and fist fights but, as written by Sidney Boehm, the character of Sylvia is simply not compelling enough to warrant two hours of close scrutiny. And the last half hour featuring as it does the low wattage love affair between Maharis and Baker is especially enervating. Give it a C plus, a grade that would have been lower but for some interesting turns by a fine supporting cast, especially Viveca Lindfors, Joanne Dru (never better!), Edmund O'Brien and Peter Lawford.
- Dietrich Hartmann
The surprise of last night was TCM's fine motion picture "Sylvia" I latched on to it by sheer chance Saturday evening and fell in love the motion picture. Must see it again. If you enjoyed "The Loved One", "Johnny Cool", "Rififi" or " Army of Shadows" Sylvia is right up your alley. Fabulous.Dietrich Hartmann.
- Carla Mhoon
Fan of Carroll Baker and George Maharis, who are great actors. The storyline is interesting and enjoyable to watch throughout the movie. Just sit back and watch Sylvia's story develop into a predictable storyline that you'll enjoy. It took fifty years to find these two actors in this movie, but was worth watching it. I miss George Maharis and Carroll Baker, beautiful talented actors......fantastic people.
Sylvia a lost treasure
- wilson goodrich
A wonderful movie in my opinion. Maybe ahead it's time in 1965, pretty girl raped by the step-father, pushed into a life of prostitution, working for a drag queen among other things and finally redemption. But what makes this movie is the supporting cast and how "Mac" the detective discovers and gets to know Sylvia thru his investigation. Many solid performances here but Anne Southern's really shines and the movie is worth watching just for her part. Too bad this is not available on DVD, I rented it from Amazon. I had seen it in the 90's on TCM but only once and it stuck with me. It took some research and time to find it. I didn't know its name and could only remember George Maharis playing in it. I wish more people could see it.
I watched this movie many years ago and have never forgotten it I would love for someone to bring it back to our movies on the tv it was such a touching memorable performance by carroll baker please if anyone has this film please contact me been looking everywhere for a copy of this movie.
Troubled beauty finds true love
This soap opera story was entrancing, and it used to be shown often on regular TV years ago, then only once or twice on TCM and has since disappeared. Too bad, it was quite a story and had many famous 60s actors and actresses in it, besides the leads Carroll Baker, George Maharis and Peter Lawford, so it is a surprise that it hasn't come to DVD or even prior to VHS by now. You have to really watch the movie unfold to be drawn into the dramatic story of unfortunate abused young Sylvia, who has nothing but bad breaks until she finally comes into money and can get out of her sordid lifestyle. Then such a sweet ending, that someone falls in love with her knowing all about her past, and accepts her as she is. Please bring this movie back TCM.
An all-time bad girl epic!
Sylvia's got the goods. It came just at the time when the Production Code was losing its grip, so it got to "go there" in ways that earlier bad girl films didn't, though it's by no means free of the euphemisms and coded references those films had to use. Private eye George Maharis is hired by wealthy Peter Lawford to look into the past of his fiance, Caroll Baker. A slim volume of her poems is his only clue, but it leads him to her childhood home and the librarian (Viveca Lindfors) who first encouraged Sylvia's interest in books about "a nice lady". Nice ladies quickly become a thing of the past as Sylvia is "interfered with" by stepfather Aldo Ray and leaves town with an itinerant preacher whose interest in her may be improper. They drift down to Mexico, where Sylvia takes up with an American salesman of women's clothing, while simultaneously impressing a local priest with her "goodness". She snags a ride back to the States with the salesman, dumps him, and becomes roomies with arcade worker Ann Southern, who tries to set Sylvia up with all the travelling businessmen who like to show a girl a good time. Sylvia makes her own good times by going into "business" with Joanne Dru. When Joanne is injured in a freak accident, Sylvia pays her hospital bills by going to work for a transvesite entertainer whose club is a front for an escort service. Sylvia "escorts" a client whose predilections are so out there that he can only point to a picture in a book. The encounter goes south, and the hush money she collects finances her transformation into AN AWARD-WINNING POETESS and grower of prize roses. (Yes, that is correct.) Private eye Maharis falls for her, of course, and she opts for an honest life with him. Yeah, I know, I'm a spoiler, but with a movie like this, you should know what you're getting into. The cameos by second-tier stars are fun, and things move along fairly quickly. If it sounds like your kind of thing, you won't regret watching this bad girl classic.
I watched this movie in 1990 on TCM and loved it. Unfortunately, I never got to see the ending. I am still waiting hoping it will get released on DVD. That's a long time to wait!