Party Girl (1958)




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In this film, Robert Taylor stars as a criminal lawyer. Fronting for Chicago gang boss Lee J. Cobb during the late 1920s, Taylor manages to get Cobb-underling John Ireland off on a murder rap. Taylor decides to quit the rackets but unwisely agrees to take one more case for Cobb.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: George Wells
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On DVD: Feb 26, 1992
Warner Bros.

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as Vicki Gaye

as Rico Angelo

as Louis 'Lucky Louie' ...

as Jeffery Stewart

as Genevieve

as Cookie

as Danny Rimett

as Lou Forbes

as Joey Vulner

as O'Malley

as O'Malley

as Tall Blonde Party Gi...

as Joy Hampton

as Showgirl

as Assistant Prosecutor

as Judge Bookwell

as Judge John A. Dasen

as Rico's Hood

as Rico's Hood

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as Cookie's Henchman

as Cookie's Henchman

as Cookie's Henchman

as Cookie's Henchman

as Showgirl

as Showgirl

as Showgirl

as Politician

as Police Lieutenant

as Rico's Secretary

as Farrell's Secretary

as District Attorney

as Sketch Artist

as Chauffeur

as Frankie Gasto

as Dr. Caderman

as Cab Driver

as Hotel Clerk

as Hotel Proprietor

as Judge Alfino

as Mr. Field

as Judge Davers

as Detective

as Day Matron

as Speciality Dancer

as Newsman

as Newsboy

as Officer

as Wardrobe Woman

as Joey Vulner

as Genevieve
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Critic Reviews for Party Girl

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
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.

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The CinemaScope and Metrocolor production gives the film a regal feeling that is at odds with the edgy, dangerous setting.

Full Review… | June 29, 2009
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Party Girl


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 Gildea

Super Reviewer

Lee J. Cobb is very good in this, as is Charisse and Robert Taylor. Solid crime drama (not sure if you can consider this a noir film, I'm inclined to say "no").

I loved that Cyd Charisse as Vicki Gaye was too Smart ,Idealistic,& Classy to be a Gangsters Moll.She is Beauty,Grace, & Elegance personified, in every Film she's in, but more so in this one.Perhaps it's the 1920's Showgirl Wardrobe.Lee Cobb makes a wonderful Gangster, & Robert Taylor really suits the Attorney at Odds with his Morals role too.MEOW, what a role for Catlike Cyd Charisse

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