Party Girl (1958)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
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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
Jan 1, 1958 Wide
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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.
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.
As in all Ray's films, ideas and emotions are transformed into stunning visuals.
There is little that is novel or exciting about this Party Girl, despite her trappings or the occasional gunplay that surrounds her.
The CinemaScope and Metrocolor production gives the film a regal feeling that is at odds with the edgy, dangerous setting.
MGM exploitation flick starring Robert Taylor and Cyd Charisse near close of their careers.
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.
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