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Pal Joey [DVD] [1957]

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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, Robert Sherwood, Hank Henry
  • Directors: George Sidney
  • Producers: Fred Kohlmar
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Mono
  • Language: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan. 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O15J96
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,183 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Pal Joey (Frank Sinatra) is a womanizing nightclub singer who arrives in San Francisco with the dream of making it big. He toys with the affections of Linda (Kim Novak), a young innocent chorus girl, whilst a rich widow (Rita Hayworth) falls in love with him. She offers to finance his own nightclub if he marries her and cuts off all ties to Linda. Songs include 'My Funny Valentine' and a definitive version of 'The Lady is a Tramp'.


The eponymous Pal Joey, born in the pages of The New Yorker then translated into a hit Rodgers and Hart Broadway musical, had undergone quite a transformation by the time he hit the movies in 1957. By then he was a singer rather than a dancer, but more importantly he'd had his rough edges sweetly softened; the callous heel dreamed up by novelist John O'Hara was more of a naughty scamp in the film version. However, Pal Joey the film remains delightfully watchable for two very good reasons: a terrific song score and a surplus of glittering star power. Frank Sinatra, at the zenith of his cocky, world-on-a-string popularity, glides through the film with breezy nonchalance, romancing showgirl Kim Novak (Columbia Pictures' new sex symbol) and wealthy widow Rita Hayworth (Columbia Pictures' former sex symbol).

The film also benefits from location shooting in San Francisco, caught in the moonlight-and-supper-club glow of the late 1950s. Sinatra does beautifully with the Rodgers and Hart classics "I Didn't Know What Time it Was" and "I Could Write a Book", and his performance of "The Lady is a Tramp" (evocatively shot by director George Sidney) is flat-out genius. Sinatra's ease with hep-cat lingo nearly outdoes Bing Crosby at his best. If not one of Sinatra's very best movies, Pal Joey is nevertheless a classy vehicle that fits like a glove. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 16 May 2011
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Despite its Broadway success, Pal Joey took his time reaching the screen. Gene Kelly came to fame in the title role in the original Broadway production and was the logical first choice for the screen version, but when MGM would not lend him out the project sat on the backburner so long that his intended co-star Rita Hayworth swapped female roles to play the older woman who bankrolls Joey's club - on her terms - by the time the film finally reached the screen in 1957.

One of the few Columbia musicals that creates some of its own magic rather than trying to copy the RKO and MGM formula, Sinatra is so perfect as John O'Hara's heel that it is now impossible to imagine Kelly in the role. Not all of the Rodgers and Hart's songs are well served - some, such as I Didn't Know What Time It Was, are all but thrown away - but the score is a strong one (The Lady Is A Tramp, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, If They Asked Me I Could Write A Book ) and the film is one of the few successful Broadway-to-screen transfers of its day. Great dog too.

The only real extra on the DVD is the original five-minute trailer, but it's a gem. Filmed on the film's set, with Sinatra introducing us to Joey's vocabulary with the aid of a blackboard and ruler, it's terrific fun and a genuine collector's item! The US limited edition (3000 copies) region-free Blu-ray from Twilight Time also includes a featurette, Backstage with Kim Novak, an isolated score track and a booklet as well as superior picture quality.
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This film is worth watching over and over again, if only to see Sinatra's rendition of "The Lady is a Tramp", which he sings with riveting style and musical finesse.
Based on a book and play by John O'Hara, it boasts some snappy dialogue and a fabulous Rodgers and Hart score, with songs like "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered", "I Could Write a Book", "What do I Care for a Dame ?", "Plant You Now, Dig You Later", "Happy Hunting Horn" and "That Terrific Rainbow". Rita Hayworth does a sumptuous "Zip" (I love the way she uses her lavish Jean Louis gown in the number), and Kim Novak is absolutely stunning singing "My Funny Valentine". Novak was one of the loveliest and most underrated stars to ever grace the silver screen, and this was her second film with Sinatra, having done the dramatic "The Man with the Golden Arm" two years earlier.
The film only received some Oscar nominations (Art/Set Direction, Costume Design, Editing, Sound), but Sinatra did pick up a 1958 Golden Globe Best Actor/Musical-Comedy for his part as Joey, the womanizing, fast talking, con-man singer, who goes from town to town, leaving debts and broken hearts behind; Sinatra makes the most of the part, and one cannot imagine anyone else that could have played Joey to such perfection.
Terrific direction by George Sidney and choreography by Hermes Pan complement this trio of great stars and splendid music, with the backdrop of San Francisco and Harold Lipstein's cinematography.
Total running time is 109 minutes.
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By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2004
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Joey is a womanising night club entertainer, picking up work where he can find it, conning his friends out of money but getting away with it because he still has a certain cheeky charm which is hard to resist. (Ask the showgirls in the club!). Sinatra gives the character life, partly because the night-club, hard drinking, atmosphere is so in tune with his own private life. The supporting stars, Hayworth and Novak, both looking their best, are credible characters and Hayworth's number "Zip" is a knockout, proving she'd lost none of her dancing ability. The rest of the cast fill out the story beautifully, particularly the little dog! But the film is Sinatra's and his performances of the wonderful Rogers and Hart songs could not be bettered. Great entertainment, great music and a supreme artist at the top of his game. They certainly can't make them like that any more.
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PAL JOEY [1957] [The Limited Edition Series] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Frank Sinatra Sings and Falls in Love with Kim Novak!

‘Pal Joey’ is a 1957 American musical film, loosely adapted from the musical play of the same name, and starring Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, and Kim Novak. Jo Ann Greer sang for Rita Hayworth, as she had done previously in ‘Affair in Trinidad’ and ‘Miss Sadie Thompson.’ Kim Novak's singing voice was dubbed by Trudy Erwin. The director is George Sidney and the choreographer is Hermes Pan.

Frank Sinatra stars as John O’Hara’s caddish crooner in this 1957 film version of the Book by John O'Hara, the music by Richard Rodgers and the lyrics by Lorenz Hart for the hit musical ‘Pal Joey.’ A fresh, very fresh arrival on the San Francisco nightclub scene, the amoral and ambitious Joey soon finds himself entangled with two “mice”: the rapacious stripper-turned-society dame Vera [Rita Hayworth] and the good-girl chorine Linda [Kim Novak]. Handsomely directed by George Sidney, the film features a double handful of Rodgers and Hart’s greatest tunes, including “Zip,” “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” and “I Could Write a Book.”

"Some guys have a system with horses, and I got a system with dames. It's a snap. You treat a dame like a lady, and you treat a lady like a dame." Says Joey Evans [Frank Sinatra] on the subject of romance.

FILM FACT: Academy Awards® Nominated: Best Art Direction/Set Decoration for Walter Holscher, William Kiernan, Louis Diage. Nominated: Best Costume Design. Best Film Editing. Best Sound and Recording for John P. Livadary. Golden Globes® Awards Won: Best Actor, Musical or Comedy for Frank Sinatra. Nominated: Best Film, Musical or Comedy. Writers Guild of America Nominated: Best Written American Musical.
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