Pal Joey
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Pal Joey

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Director: George Sidney

Cast: George Sidney, Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak

     
 

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This Columbia DVD release of Pal Joey shows that while this is far from star Frank Sinatra's best picture, it may just contain his most iconic film role. This Technicolor backstage musical features Sinatra as a low-class womanizer with a sentimental heart of gold who is able to sing all the emotions he can't express through speech. While the film of Pal Joey

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This Columbia DVD release of Pal Joey shows that while this is far from star Frank Sinatra's best picture, it may just contain his most iconic film role. This Technicolor backstage musical features Sinatra as a low-class womanizer with a sentimental heart of gold who is able to sing all the emotions he can't express through speech. While the film of Pal Joey butchered both John O'Hara's bitingly cynical novella and his Broadway musical, the movie features beautiful San Francisco locations and plenty of great Rodgers and Hart songs. If the movie doesn't measure up to its origins, on its own terms it still remains a vastly entertaining, star-studded Hollywood musical and its soundtrack (scored and orchestrated by Sinatra's chief arranger Nelson Riddle) is among the finest of the 1950s. The DVD does an excellent job of highlighting the jazzy musical numbers into separate chapters, and though the widescreen anamorphic print may show some minor touches of wear and tear, overall the transfer is beautiful. The perfectly balanced Dolby Digital 2.0 is in the original mono and it sounds great when fed through a stereo system. On a side note: Sinatra was the number-one box-office star during the mid-'50s, but he graciously gave top billing to Rita Hayworth (over the studio's objections) since this movie marked the end of the troubled star's illustrious career with Columbia Pictures.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It took Pal Joey 17 years to get from Broadway to Hollywood, largely because the original source material was a little too racy for filming in 1940. The film still softens the story and characters a bit, but it maintains the tart, snappy flow of the dialogue. Indeed, Dorothy Kingsley's screenplay adds even more of that flip, smooth arrogance to the dialogue, even if structurally it's slightly weak. George Sidney directs in sleek style that perfectly complements the movie's star, Frank Sinatra. It's a classic Sinatra performance, detached and casual, which changes the character from the play's loser trying to play out of his league to someone who -- no matter what the script may say -- can take on anyone that comes his way. But as long as he's singing -- especially archetypal Sinatra songs such as "The Lady Is a Tramp" and "I Could Write a Book" -- such changes don't matter. He's matched by gorgeous Rita Hayworth alternating between fire and ice, and, even though dubbed, making "Zip" a riot and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" steam up the screen. Kim Novak is game, but she doesn't stand much of a chance up against these two. The songs, by Rodgers & Hart, are absolutely first-rate, and they're presented here to their best advantage. Overall, Pal Joey is a stylish and winning musical presented with a great deal of panache.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/1999
UPC:
0043396079892
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Languages: English, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Talent files; Vintage advertising; Original "Hep Cat" trailer; Bonus trailers; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rita Hayworth Vera Simpson
Frank Sinatra Joey Evans
Kim Novak Linda English
Barbara Nichols Gladys
Bobby Sherwood Ned Galvin
Elizabeth Patterson Mrs. Casey
Barry Bernard Anderson
Hank Henry Mike Miggins
Robin Morse Bartender
Frank Wilcox Col. Langley
Pierre Watkin Mr. Forsythe
Ellie Kent Carol
Mara McAfee Sabrina
Betty Utey Patsy
Bek Nelson Lola
Leon Alton Printer Salesman
Maurice Argent Actor
Steve Benton Electrician
Gail Bonney Heavy-Set Woman
George Chan Chinese Pianist
Jane Chung Flower Lady
Oliver Cross Actor
Judy Dan Hat Check Girl
George de Normand Actor
Michael Ferris Tailor
George Ford Actor
Joseph Miksak Actor
Al Nalbandian Actor
Eddie Bartell Actor
Sydney Chatton Actor
Giselle D'Arc Vera's Maid
Robert Anderson Policeman
Tol Avery Detective
Jean Corbett Specialty Dance Double
Bess Flowers Person
Everett Glass Pet Store Owner
John Hubbard Stanley
Henry McCann Shorty
George Nardelli Headwaiter
Hermes Pan Choreographer
James Seay Livingston
Frank Sully Barker
Franklin Farnum Person

Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Arthur S. Black Asst. Director
Louis Diage Set Decoration/Design
George Duning Score Composer
Walter Holscher Art Director
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Dorothy Kingsley Screenwriter
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Ben Lane Makeup
Viola Lawrence Editor
Harold Lipstein Cinematographer
John P. Livadary Sound/Sound Designer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Hermes Pan Choreography
Nelson Riddle Score Composer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerome Thoms Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:59]
2. Ned Galvin [1:18]
3. "That Terrific Rainbow" [1:42]
4. "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" [3:05]
5. "Great Big Town" [1:11]
6. Linda Meets Joey [2:12]
7. "There's a Small Hotel" [2:24]
8. The Auction [2:21]
9. "Zip" [5:41]
10. Getting His Own Room [4:26]
11. Cat & Mice [1:35]
12. "I Could Write a Book" [2:37]
13. Bath Time [1:09]
14. Snuffy [4:04]
15. Slumming [4:48]
16. Straightening Out Vera [2:58]
17. Joey's Last Night [3:57]
18. "The Lady Is a Tramp" [9:22]
19. "Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered" [7:15]
20. Chez Joey [3:04]
21. "My Funny Valentine" [7:42]
22. New & Improved [4:01]
23. Her First Hangover [5:41]
24. The Strip Number [3:41]
25. Beauty & the Beast [4:16]
26. Linda Sees Vera [5:40]
27. The Dream Sequence [3:21]
28. "I Could Write a Book" [3:16]
Side #2--
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:59]
2. Ned Galvin [1:18]
3. "That Terrific Rainbow" [1:42]
4. "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" [3:05]
5. "Great Big Town" [1:11]
6. Linda Meets Joey [2:12]
7. "There's a Small Hotel" [2:24]
8. The Auction [2:21]
9. "Zip" [5:41]
10. Getting His Own Room [4:26]
11. Cat & Mice [1:35]
12. "I Could Write a Book" [2:37]
13. Bath Time [1:09]
14. Snuffy [4:04]
15. Slumming [4:48]
16. Straightening Out Vera [2:58]
17. Joey's Last Night [3:57]
18. "The Lady Is a Tramp" [9:22]
19. "Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered" [7:15]
20. Chez Joey [3:04]
21. "My Funny Valentine" [7:42]
22. New & Improved [4:01]
23. Her First Hangover [5:41]
24. The Strip Number [3:41]
25. Beauty & the Beast [4:16]
26. Linda Sees Vera [5:40]
27. The Dream Sequence [3:21]
28. "I Could Write a Book" [3:16]

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Pal Joey 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best of the era depicting the women/ song/ booze and more women theme.. Sinatra's treatment of the Rodgers and Hart songs are the best...Nelson Riddle's arrangements and overture are top shelf..and the story is amusing by 2005 standards. Has the feel of San Francisco in the 50's and early 60's...scenery is something you wouldn't want to miss..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic old-time flick. Not much of a plot but an all-star cast with wonderful Rodgers & Hart music. Just a fun, feel-good movie to enjoy.
SUZIDOT More than 1 year ago
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AN ESCAPIST MOVIE! THE PLOT IS 'OK', BASED ON AN O'HARA BOOK, I BELIEVE. FRANK SINATRA IS AT HIS ABSOLUTE 'RAT PACK' BEST. KIM NOVAK IS QUITE ALLURING AND JUST A BIT SEXY. RITA HAYWORTH BLOWS ME AWAY. SHE IS STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL AND A PRETTY GOOD ACTOR. SAN FRANCISCO HAS NEVER LOOKED BETTER. THE TRUE STAR OF THIS FILM, HOVEVER, IS THE SOUNDTRACK. EITHER THE COLE PORTER SONGS, OR JUST THE BACKGROUND MUSIC, IT'S JAZZY, SWINGY AND A DELIGHT TO HEAR.