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Deft lawyer Thomas Farrell (Robert Taylor) has found himself a role successfully defending the crooked goons of crime boss Rico Angelo (Lee J. Cobb). When Thomas meets glamorous dancer Vicki Gaye (Cyd Charisse), he falls in love with her. Vicki makes Thomas realize that he should stop representing criminals, and he tries to break ties with Angelo. However, the mobster will not let Thomas free and kidnaps Vicki in order to keep the lawyer in his employ.

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Robert Taylor
Thomas "Tommy" Farrell
Cyd Charisse
Vicki Gaye
Lee J. Cobb
Rico Angelo
John Ireland
Louis "Lucky Louie" Canetto
Kent Smith
Jeffrey Stewart
Corey Allen
Cookie La Motte
Lewis Charles
Danny Rimett
Kem Dibbs
Joey Vulner
Barbara Lang
Ginger D'Amour
Myrna Hansen
Joy Hampton
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Critic Reviews for Party Girl

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (2)

  • Ray's direction, with its garish, searing streaks of color (red has rarely slashed the screen so violently), sharp diagonals, and quickly lurching wide-screen views, reflects its characters' raging energies and inner conflicts.

    August 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • As in all Ray's films, ideas and emotions are transformed into stunning visuals.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A big-budget modern version of the old-fashioned gangland melodrama, made quite tolerable by some good performances and the addition of two musical numbers starring the lustrous Cyd Charisse.

    November 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Ray's direction, with its garish, searing streaks of color (red has rarely slashed the screen so violently), sharp diagonals, and quickly lurching wide-screen views, reflects its characters' raging energies and inner conflicts.

    August 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • As in all Ray's films, ideas and emotions are transformed into stunning visuals.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • A big-budget modern version of the old-fashioned gangland melodrama, made quite tolerable by some good performances and the addition of two musical numbers starring the lustrous Cyd Charisse.

    November 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The CinemaScope and Metrocolor production gives the film a regal feeling that is at odds with the edgy, dangerous setting.

    June 29, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Party Girl

  • Jul 08, 2018
    An interesting blend of MGM musical and film noir. Film is another one of Hollywood's "could have been great, if only ..." and in this case it's too bad the studio didn't give filmmaker Nicholas Ray complete control of this unique film. Nonetheless this is worthy of your eyes if only to see Cyd Charisse and her stunning wardrobe.
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  • Mar 12, 2008
    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.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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