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The Rat Race (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 10 July 1960 (USA)
Tender romantic comedy about an aspiring musician who arrives in New York in search of fame & fortune. He soon meets a taxi dancer, moves in with her, and before too long a romance develops.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Garson Kanin (screenplay), Garson Kanin (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... Pete Hammond Jr.
Debbie Reynolds ... Peggy Brown
Jack Oakie ... Mac
Kay Medford ... Mrs. Gallo
Don Rickles ... Nellie Miller
Marjorie Bennett ... Edie Kerry
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Bo Kerry
Norman Fell ... Telephone Repairman
Lisa Drake Lisa Drake ... Toni
Joe Bushkin Joe Bushkin ... Frankie J
Sam Butera ... Carl
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan ... Gerry
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Tender romantic comedy about an aspiring musician who arrives in New York in search of fame & fortune. He soon meets a taxi dancer, moves in with her, and before too long a romance develops. Written by alfiehitchie

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CAUGHT...in the wild, frantic, furious...rat race!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Garson Kanin's The Rat Race See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Wally Cassell. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. 'Soda' Gallo, Landlady: The time that guy broke into my rear bedroom, remember? I didn't scream, I just looked at him... and he screamed.
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Connections

References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Manhattan
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
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Sax Appeal
6 April 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Midwestern saxophonist Tony Curtis (as Pete Hammond Jr.) arrives in New York City, seeking fame and fortune. Instead, he finds himself lost in "The Rat Race". Mr. Curtis quickly meets disillusioned Debbie Reynolds (as Peggy Brown). Ms. Reynolds works as a paid dancing partner, for sailors and other lonely men. The two decide to pool their resources by sharing an apartment, agreeing to a platonic living arrangement. The roommates frequent the local watering hole, and hear older, wiser owner Jackie Oakie (as Mac) and landlady Kay Medford (as Soda) dispense words of wisdom. Curtis loses his musical instruments. Then, Reynolds loses her job.

Will Curtis and Reynolds gain romance?

Robert Mulligan's version of Garson Kanin's play, which starred Barry Nelson and Betty Field, never really takes off. Curtis and Reynolds (and the film, generally) look way too sharp to be Mr. Kanin's desolation row denizens, clawing their way to the top. Don Rickles is a highlight, as Reynolds' brutal, sadistic boss. Norman Fell is amusing, as the telephone man. Reynolds is unexpectedly glamorous, almost more suited for the lead in "Butterfield 8"; and, she looks especially sexy undressing for the lecherous Mr. Rickles.

***** The Rat Race (7/10/60) Robert Mulligan ~ Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds, Don Rickles


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