Pal Joey 1957

Pal Joey

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Joey Evans (Frank Sinatra) is a philandering San Francisco-based singer with big dreams of starting his own night club, "Chez Joey," but chasing women keeps him even more occupied. Despite making a meaningful connection with lovely chorus girl Linda English (Kim Novak), it doesn't stop him from seducing the wealthy widow, and ex-burlesque dancer, Vera Simpson (Rita Hayworth), who he hopes will bankroll his club. Ultimately, Joey has to decide who -- and what -- he most wants in life.

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  • 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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