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Based on the hit Rodgers and Hart musical of the same name, PAL JOEY follows Joey Evans (Frank Sinatra, From Here to Eternity), a charming nightclub singer who is very popular with the chorus girls in his show. Joey has a comfortable relationship with Vera (Rita Hayworth, Gilda), a former dancer who is now a rich widow. But when Linda (Kim Novak, Vertigo) enters his life, Joey suddenly has to choose between convenience and something far more substantial.
First born in the pages of The New Yorker, then translated into a hit Rodgers and Hart Broadway musical, the title character of Pal Joey had undergone quite a transformation by the time he hit the movies in 1957. He was a singer, rather than a dancer, but more importantly he'd had his rough edges sweetly softened; the callous heel dreamed up by novelist John O'Hara was more of a naughty scamp in the film version. However, Pal Joey remains delightfully watchable for two very good reasons: a terrific song score and a surplus of glittering star power. Frank Sinatra, at the zenith of his cocky, world-on-a-string popularity, glides through the film with breezy nonchalance, romancing showgirl Kim Novak (Columbia Pictures' new sex symbol) and wealthy widow Rita Hayworth (Columbia Pictures' former sex symbol). The film also benefits from location shooting in San Francisco, caught in the moonlight-and-supper-club glow of the late '50s. Sinatra does beautifully with the Rodgers and Hart classics "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and "I Could Write a Book," and his performance of "The Lady Is a Tramp" (evocatively shot by director George Sidney) is flat-out genius. Sinatra's ease with hep-cat lingo nearly outdoes Bing Crosby at his best, and included in the DVD is a trailer in which Sinatra instructs the audience in "Joey's Jargon," a collection of hip slang words such as "gasser" and "mouse." If not one of Sinatra's very best movies, Pal Joey is nevertheless a classy vehicle that fits like a glove. --Robert Horton
Great movie I hadn't seen in a long time. Just as good as I remembered. Nothing better than a Sinatra, Novak and Hayworth movie.Published 29 days ago by Marie
Frank Sinatra is an ex-lover in my head and this movie plays out our relationship. This was one of the first movies I watched with Frank Sinatra in it and I fell in love with his... Read morePublished 3 months ago by jstmyopnyn
I watched this movie not knowing what to expect, except Frank Sinatra, whom I love. This was a very entertaining movie. Funny parts, and "Joey" can't spell worth spit. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Micaela
Fun movie, but not very deep. Great to see Sinatra at his vocal best. Glad I rented and didn't buy though.Published 4 months ago by Blue State Girl
Frank Sinatra, in his prime, made some terrific movies, but Pal Joey is my favorite. Okay, so I'm gonna tell my age and say that I remember when this movie premiered. Read morePublished 4 months ago by suzietoo
This movie has great music, beautiful women, and a classic plot. Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, and Kim Novak really jell together.Published 5 months ago by david litmon jr.