Valley of the Dolls (1967)




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A cinematic take on a 1960s best-seller, Valley of the Dolls traces the ups and downs of three young women as fame, booze, pills, and men consume their lives. Well-bred, small-town Anne Welles (Peyton Place star Barbara Parkins) arrives in New York eager for fame but settles for a job assisting theatrical attorney Henry Bellamy (Robert H. Harris). The job leads her to cross paths with Helen Lawson (Hollywood veteran Susan Hayward), the grand dame of Broadway musicals, and Neely O'Hara (sitcom … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements involving substance abuse, some sexual content, partial nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Helen Deutsch, Dorothy Kingsley, Jacqueline Susann
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 2006
20th Century Fox


as Anne Welles

as Neely O'Hara

as Jennifer North

as Lyon Burke

as Tony Polar

as Helen Lawson

as Ted Casablanca

as Miriam

as Mel Anderson

as Kevin Gilmore

as Miss Steinberg

as Henry Bellamy

as Director

as Man in Hotel Room

as Man in Bar

as Claude Chardot

as MC at Telethon

as MC at Grammy Awards

as Aunt Amy

as Neely's Maid

as Telephone Girl

as Telephone Girl

as Telephone Girl

as Choreographer

as Desk Clerk at Lawren...

as Woman at Martha Wash...

as Assistant Stage Mana...

as Neely's Hollywood Di...

as Neely's Voice Coach

as Anne's Mother

as Sanitarium Doctor

as Reporter

as Neely's Maid

as Neely's Maid

as Bartender at New Yor...

as Ladies' Room Attenda...
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Critic Reviews for Valley of the Dolls

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5)

Too dull even to function as camp.

Full Review… | October 17, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Jacqueline Susann's 'exposé' of Hollywood gets the cliché-ridden treatment it deserves from Robson.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's an unbelievably hackneyed and mawkish mish-mash of backstage plots and Peyton Place adumbrations.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It tries to raise itself to the level of sophisticated pornography, but fails. And it is dirty, not because it has lots of sex in it, but because it firmly believes that sex is dirty.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Dark, campy melodrama with focus on sex and drugs.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014
Common Sense Media

At the time sordid, now blase look at drug-infested Hollywood.

March 14, 2009

Audience Reviews for Valley of the Dolls


Although obviously not also from a thematic point of view, the film's execution feels tremendously dated today - as I imagine it was just as well back in the 1960s -, like a mawkish vintage soap-opera that is not ashamed of its laughable dialogue and absurd situations.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A fairly good take at the life of the 60s but I didn't care for it very much.

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

Valley of the Dolls follows the lives of three young women as they struggle to succeed in the cutthroat world of show business. Along the way they contend with drug abuse, alcoholism, adultery, abortion, Huntington's disease, suicide and Susan Hayward. In 1967 it's racy, risqué and controversial. In 2011 it seems exaggerated, sensationalized and preachy.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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