Pal Joey


Pal Joey

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In this filmization of the John O'Hara/Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Broadway musical, ambitious singer/dancer Joey is still something of a louse, but a redeemable one. The relationship between Joey and his older benefactress Vera Simpson is one of implication rather than overt statement.


Frank Sinatra
as Joey Evans
Kim Novak
as Linda English
Rita Hayworth
as Vera Simpson
Bobby Sherwood
as Ned Glavin
Hank Henry
as Mike Miggins
Robin Morse
as Bartender
Frank Wilcox
as Col. Langley
Pierre Watkin
as Mr. Forsythe
Barry Bernard
as Anderson
Mara McAfee
as Sabrina
John Hubbard
as Stanley
James Seay
as Livingston
Hermes Pan
as Choreographer
Jean Corbett
as Specialty Dance Double
Robert Rietz
as Boy Friend
Jules Davies
as Red-Faced Man
Judy Dan
as Hat Check Girl
Gail Bonney
as Heavy-Set Woman
Cheryl Kubert
as Girl Friend
Tol Avery
as Detective
Robert Anderson
as Policeman
Raymond McWalters
as Army Captain
Bob Glenn
as Sailor
Sue Boomer
as Secretary
Helen Eliot
as Traveler's Aid
Hermie Rose
as Bald Club Owner
Jack Railey
as Hot Dog Vendor
Frank Wilimarth
as Sidewalk Artist
Bobbie Lee
as Stripper
Connie Graham
as Stripper
Edith Powell
as Stripper
Jo Ann Smith
as Stripper
Rita Barrett
as Stripper
Howard Sigrist
as Sidewalk Photographer
Paul Cesari
as Pet Store Owner
Everett Glass
as Pet Store Owner
Andrew Wong
as Chinese Club Owner
George Chan
as Chinese Pianist
Allen Gin
as Chinese Drummer
Barbara Yung
as Chinese Dancer
Pat Lynn
as Chinese Dancer
Jean Nakaba
as Chinese Dancer
Elizabeth Fenton
as Chinese Dancer
Lessie Lynne Wong
as Chinese Dancer
Nellie Gee Ching
as Chinese Dancer
Giselle D'Arc
as Vera's Maid
Leon Alton
as Printer Salesman
Jane Chung
as Flower Lady
George Ford
as Electrician
Steve Benton
as Electrician
Ramon Martinez
as Headwaiter
George Nardelli
as Headwaiter
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Critic Reviews for Pal Joey

All Critics (9) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2)

  • In Pal Joey, Rita Hayworth makes an indelible impression as a screen siren, as sexy as in her '40s heyday, winning the audience's favor.

    Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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).

    Feb 14, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • The film goes up in flames when its '50s morality rears its ugly head.

    Jun 15, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Sinatra is fantastic.

    Dec 19, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • The first half of the film is light-hearted and full of wonderful musical numbers ... but Sinatra shows his acting ability in the second half.

    Apr 3, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
  • Flawed, but see it for Rita.

    Apr 3, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Pal Joey

  • Mar 25, 2019
    Like a lot of musical adaptations of the mid 20th century, the filmmakers attempted to completely rewrite the source material but ended up with something barely coherent.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Oct 10, 2009
    another effort that never quite hits the mark. it's got some great light-hearted comedy moments but it's an effort in itself to watch it at times because as far as musicals go the numbers aren't memorable, only dry and dull. i've read someone elses comments below saying it's a light hearted moulin rouge. moulin rouge was shit too!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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