Pal Joey (1957)




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The John O'Hara/Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Broadway musical Pal Joey created quite a stir during its original theatrical run in 1940. Here we had a heel of a hero who sleeps with a wealthy older woman in order to realize his dream of owning his own nightclub, and who breaks the heart of the girl who truly loves him when she impedes his plans to get ahead. Blossom Time it wasn't. Due to the seamy nature of the plot and the double- and single-entendre song lyrics (especially the original words … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John O'Hara, Dorothy Kingsley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 14, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Joey Evans

as Linda English

as Vera Simpson

as Ned Glavin

as Mike Miggins

as Mrs. Casey

as Bartender

as Col. Langley

as Mr. Forsythe

as Anderson

as Sabrina

as Stanley

as Livingston

as Choreographer

as Specialty Dance Doub...

as Boy Friend

as Red-Faced Man

as Hat Check Girl

as Heavy-Set Woman

as Girl Friend

as Detective

as Policeman

as Army Captain

as Sailor

as Secretary

as Traveler's Aid

as Bald Club Owner

as Hot Dog Vendor

as Sidewalk Artist

as Stripper

as Stripper

as Stripper

as Stripper

as Stripper

as Sidewalk Photographe...

as Pet Store Owner

as Pet Store Owner

as Chinese Club Owner

as Chinese Pianist

as Chinese Drummer

as Chinese Dancer

as Chinese Dancer

as Chinese Dancer

as Chinese Dancer

as Chinese Dancer

as Chinese Dancer

as Vera's Maid

as Printer Salesman

as Flower Lady

as Electrician

as Electrician

as Headwaiter

as Headwaiter
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Critic Reviews for Pal Joey

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Due to restrictions of the Production Code, George Sidney's musical of John O'Hara's outre 1940 stage show is compromised, but there some good songs and visual pleasure in watchning Columbia's stars Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak (though they're dubbed).

Full Review… | February 14, 2011

The film goes up in flames when its '50s morality rears its ugly head.

Full Review… | June 15, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sinatra is fantastic.

December 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for Pal Joey


A charming singer woos a wealthy widow and slum-woos a chorus girl.
The only good thing about this film is the music. Hearing Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, and Kim Novak sing standards is a close second to a conceivable and interesting plot and dynamic characters. It is unfortunate that Pal Joey features such an asshole as its main character and two female supporting characters whose attachment to Joey make us question whether we should care about their interests at all. The entire story relies upon how charming you think Sinatra's old blue eyes are, and while it's true that it's hard to find a more dreamy leading man, it's much easier to be affected by his allure when he's not so callously "trading up" at the expense of others' feelings.
Overall, Pal Joey is a better soundtrack than it is a film.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


A pretty good movie with a brilliant cast, I didn't get to see the whole film, but it looked pretty good. I'd like to see the whole movie sometime.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Probably better as a musical then a lame movie.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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