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Party Girl (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 February 1959 (UK)
Lawyer Tommy Farrell is a defender of crooks. Vicki Gaye encourages him to go straight, but mob king Rico Angelo insists otherwise.

Director:

Nicholas Ray

Writers:

George Wells (screenplay), Leo Katcher (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Tommy Farrell
Cyd Charisse ... Vicki Gaye
Lee J. Cobb ... Rico Angelo
John Ireland ... Louis Canetto
Kent Smith ... Jeffrey Stewart
Claire Kelly ... Genevieve Farrell
Corey Allen ... Cookie La Motte
Lewis Charles ... Danny Rimett
David Opatoshu ... Lou Forbes
Kem Dibbs Kem Dibbs ... Joey Vulner
Patrick McVey Patrick McVey ... Detective O'Malley
Barbara Lang ... Ginger D'Amour
Myrna Hansen Myrna Hansen ... Joy Hampton
Betty Utey Betty Utey ... Cindy Consuelo
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Storyline

Lawyer Thomas Farrell has made a career defending crooks in trials. He has never realized that there is a downside to his success, until he meets the dancer Vicki Gaye. She makes him decide to get a better reputation. But mob king Rico Angelo *insists* that he continues his services. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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IN THE TOUGHEST CITY IN THE WORLD...THEY GO TO THE ROUGHEST PARTIES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Party Girl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,758,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Euterpe See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Various newspapers initially indicated that Robert Wise was to direct the film. See more »

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When the two men are gunned down running after the train, the sub-machine gun in the foreground is clearly not pointed at the pair. See more »

Quotes

Rico Angelo: Say, why didin't you bring the chick? There's a lot of nice people here tonight. The most important guys in town. Get it up here, I said. Say hello to my boy.
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Soundtracks

Party Girl
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Tony Martin (uncredited)
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A Revelation
24 January 2000 | by abooboo-2See all my reviews

Interesting movie. Very interesting, though the title is inexcuseably misleading. Nicholas Ray directs and, not surprisingly, makes novel use of shadows, bold colors and wild camera angles. There is a bravura montage of an explosion of mob violence which is sudden and startling. Ray, best known as the director of "Rebel Without a Cause", takes a smart, tough script and; unlike many crime movies which contain similar ingredients but fail to resonate, gives the movie a soul. There's something about its tone and feel, some simmering menace and creeping regret that reminds one of another mob movie which would be released 15 years later: "The Godfather". And as in that classic, the Lawyer/Mob Boss relationship is complex and fascinating.

While much of the credit deservedly goes to Ray's maverick methods and genius, the cast is also very good. Robert Taylor never developed the kind of easily identifiable screen persona of a Bogart or Jimmy Stewart, but he was a sturdy leading man who usually served the material and could be depended upon to anchor a film. He pours his heart into this part, his last as an MGM contract player. Cyd Charisse was never known as a great actress but she is capable in her role as a feisty Show Girl, and she gets a good opportunity to show off perhaps the most eye-popping, perfectly sculpted figure in the history of motion pictures. And of course, nobody was better at playing hot-tempered thugs than the great Lee J. Cobb.

Turner Classic Movies is such a goldmine. It's so satisfying to see movies, such as this one, that know how to introduce plot points and convincingly tie them up and bring things full circle. "Party Girl" may not be quite a great film, but it is very, very good.


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