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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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THE 'MOUTHPIECE': "They're crooked...but the money's good!" MR. BIG: "I run this town...and nobody quits me!" THE PUNK: Never let him get a girl in a corner... 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 - Das Mädchen aus der Unterwelt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,758,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,130,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,380,000
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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

Angie Dickinson and Doris Dowling were both considered for the part eventually played by Claire Kelly. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set in the early Thirties, the hairstyles, fashions, interior decoration, and choreography are in the style of the Fifties. At one point Lee J Cobb calls Cyd Charisse a "chick," a slang term not used until the Forties. See more »

Quotes

Rico Angelo: He's a smart kid.
Thomas Farrell: Brilliant. He's also a psychopath!
Rico Angelo: You know, that's what I like about you, Tommy, you got class, big talk, fancy words. But, what's it mean?
Thomas Farrell: He's insane, Rico. Crazy, Gone in the head.
Rico Angelo: Why? Because he takes care of a few rats who got in his way? Maybe I done the same thing! Am I crazy too?
Thomas Farrell: You're predictable, Rico. He isn't. He doesn't kill for business, he kills because he enjoys it. He's like a dog with the rabies, except he doesn't froth at the mouth. Someday he'll get ...
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Opening credits prologue: Chicago In The Early Thirties See more »


Soundtracks

Party Girl
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Tony Martin (uncredited)
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Weird but worth it
16 January 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This movie makes more sense if you watch the documentary MGM: When the Lion Roars, about the history of MGM. According to the documentary, 1936-1946 was MGM's Golden Era. However, after the war, tastes in film changed, but MGM refused to change with the times or the tastes of post-war America. By the 1950's MGM was a Lion in Winter. Thus this rather split personality film begins to make sense from the context of its manufacturer. It can't decide what kind of film it wants to be, going back and forth between the big musical spectacles that MGM was famous for since the dawn of sound, to hard-hitting gangster characters and antics in the Warner Brothers tradition, to social commentary on the plight of the disabled in modern times and a beauty and the beast romance. If you know the chaos into which MGM is plunged by 1958, this enables you just to sit back and enjoy the film, which does have a great deal to offer.

The movie is badly mislabeled, since it really is not that centered on party girls at all. Instead it is basically a prohibition era romance between a beautiful showgirl played by Cyd Charisse and a lame mob lawyer played by Robert Taylor. Already dumped by one glamor girl who just wanted his money but was repulsed by his misshaped body, Taylor's character is understandably reluctant to get involved again. However, soon the pair are in love and Taylor's character gains the confidence to want to stop being the mob's mouthpiece. However, leaving the mob is not such a quick and clean business, whether you are an attorney or just a muscle man.

Taylor gives a very good performance in this one, and Lee J. Cobb's performance as a mobster looks like it was the inspiration for Robert De Niro's portrayal of Al Capone in 1987's The Untouchables, in at least one scene anyways. This one is definitely worth your time if it comes your way.


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