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Pete Hammond Jr. (Tony Curtis) is a friendly saxophonist who leaves his life in Milwaukee to try and hit it big in New York City. When Pete arrives, he finds that music gigs are hard to come by, and he is forced to live in a dilapidated single-room apartment. He soon meets Peggy Brown (Debbie Reynolds), a talented performer who makes a living as a model and dancer. When Peggy is unable to pay her rent, she reluctantly accepts an offer from Pete to share his apartment.

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  • Nov 14, 2010
    Debbie, tough as nails as a worn down dancer, and Tony are well matched in this tough little drama of two people thrown together by hard times. Because it's from the late studio period the squalidness of the actual city is at a minimum but this still offers a clear eyed view of some of the difficulties of making it in the Big Apple. Jack Oakie and Kay Medford offer some welcome comic relief.
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  • Jun 16, 2008
    This is a nice find. A young Debbie Reynolds is something to behold as the put-upon reluctant dance hall girl, and Tony Curtis is excellent as the too-naive-to-be-true Midwestern bumpkin who comes smack up against the evil big city of New York. Curtis is very convincing as the all-forgiving eternal optimist musician, and Reynolds shines as the good girl bordering on sainthood, but the best performance here is turned in by the amazing Don Rickles as the nasty tough guy who runs the dance hall. Rickles gives what may be <b>the</b> dramatic performance of his career. Check out the scene where he demonstrates to Reynolds that she indeed has nothing except what he chooses to give her.
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