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Party Girl (1958)

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Vicki Gaye (Cyd Charisse) is a dancer at a night club in early 1930's Chicago. A healthy cynic who still possesses some ideals, she entertains no illusions about the "invitation" (or the $100 that goes with it) that she gets to a party hosted by mob kingpin Rico Angelo (Lee J. Cobb) -- but she still won't let Angelo's head torpedo Louis Canetto (John Ireland) get near her. Angelo's attorney Thomas Farrell (Robert Taylor) is another story -- he's a more complicated than the men he defends, and

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Feb 26, 1992

Warner Bros.

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Taylor and Charisse have never been better, and rarely has Ray's theme of two flawed individuals trying to strike a symmetrical balance achieved a more beautiful and convulsive expression.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Unfortunately, the picture's plot (good girl helps bad guy go straight) fits the mood like a concrete overshoe, and the more than generous serving of cheesecake is pretty soggy stuff.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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As in all Ray's films, ideas and emotions are transformed into stunning visuals.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There is little that is novel or exciting about this Party Girl, despite her trappings or the occasional gunplay that surrounds her.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The CinemaScope and Metrocolor production gives the film a regal feeling that is at odds with the edgy, dangerous setting.

June 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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MGM exploitation flick starring Robert Taylor and Cyd Charisse near close of their careers.

March 8, 2008
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A hard-hitting crime drama.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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It's a honey of a film, never mind the superficial flaws.

January 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The two leads are great at displaying vulnerability around each other, but it's Cobb's role as the gangster boss that steals the acting honours.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Even in 1958, the style of acting and melodrama in Party Girl was outdated. So too were the dance numbers, the over-reactions and overall look of the film. I think this is intentional, it is Nicholas Ray after all. The characters aren't as two dimensional as they are in many of the older gangster films and there is a very dark undertone to the whole production. Our hero is morally questionable from the start and this plays through the entire film. It's a sugar-coated look at the depths of human empathy, selfishness and moral judgement but it never disguises the fact that this is what it is about. The sugar coating is to lure you in, sweet then sour, what the taste that is left in your mouth is is up to you. Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse and Lee J Cobb are perfect in their respective performances.
February 14, 2014
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Party Girl is a negligible mess whose biggest obstacle is itself and its inability to figure out what it wants to be. At points its a mob movie, nothing as great as Warner Bros was putting out in the 30s but a mob film nonetheless. Then it meanders into Douglas Sirk melodrama territory where it also fails. Oh, and there are also a couple of dance numbers where Cyd Charisse proves she can dance better than she can act. Robert Taylor does an okay enough job and Lee J Cobb... well, plays Lee J Cobb as a bad guy. The best part of Party Girl outside of its completely inappropriate title is Nicholas Ray's direction and the photography. Namely during those previously mentioned dance numbers. Aside from those things I was waiting for it to end after the first 45 minutes.
May 20, 2010
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