Party Girl

Party Girl

Director: Nicholas Ray, Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb

Cast: Nicholas Ray, Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb

     
 

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Vicki Gaye (Cyd Charisse) is a dancer at a night club in early 1930's Chicago. A healthy cynic who still possesses some ideals, she entertains no illusions about the "invitation" (or the $100 that goes with it) that she gets to a party hosted by mob kingpin Rico Angelo (Lee J. Cobb) -- but she still won't let Angelo's head torpedo Louis Canetto (John Ireland) get near

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Vicki Gaye (Cyd Charisse) is a dancer at a night club in early 1930's Chicago. A healthy cynic who still possesses some ideals, she entertains no illusions about the "invitation" (or the $100 that goes with it) that she gets to a party hosted by mob kingpin Rico Angelo (Lee J. Cobb) -- but she still won't let Angelo's head torpedo Louis Canetto (John Ireland) get near her. Angelo's attorney Thomas Farrell (Robert Taylor) is another story -- he's a more complicated than the men he defends, and still enough of an idealist so that when he and Vicki cross swords about who is the worse hypocrite, it actually affects him. Farrell, whose right leg has been crippled from birth and getting worse, took the easy way to success by pursuing a criminal practice, including getting Canetto off a murder rap -- but after meeting Vicki he starts to see another path to take, and also embarks on a year of surgical procedures to cure the worst of the pain in his leg. And he comes out a new man, with a new plan in life, including starting over in a practice that doesn't involve criminal law. But Angelo plans on having Farrell fight an old friend, prosecutor Jeffrey Stewart (Kent Smith), who is trying to indict Angelo's associate Cooky La Motte (Corey Allen). Farrell resists, until Angelo threatens to harm Vicki -- and when the case and the trail blow up in both sides' faces, he finds himself caught between the mob and the law, with Vicki urging him to do the right thing.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Party Girl is regarded by many Nicholas Ray fans as the most beautiful looking of all of his movies. Shot in CinemaScope and color, and starring Cyd Charisse (with Robert Taylor, it gave cinematographer Robert J. Bronner one of the best showcases he ever had for his work, and was a treat to the eye of the viewer, a veritable explosion of color and motion for many of its best sequences. The acting, if quite broad at times, also displays some interesting touches -- Robert Taylor assumes a persona that might better have been played by John Emery, but acquits himself reasonably well, and with a good deal of dignity. Lee J. Cobb's mob kingpin -- very loosely based on Al Capone -- makes his work as Johnny Friendly in On The Waterfront seem low-key, by comparison; and Corey Allen does a memorable turn, in what almost amounts to a cameo, as psychopathic mobster Cookie La Motte (who was apparently based on Mad Dog Coll) -- though one wonders, if James Dean had lived and been available, if that role might not have loomed much larger in the film in his hands. One also has to wonder if producer Quinn Martin screened Party Girl a few times before plunging into production on The Scarface Mob (1959) and the subsequent series The Untouchables -- absent the color and the widescreen shooting, the film does anticipate some elements of the latter series, especially in the handling of the action sequences, and some of the odder, quirkier elements of the characters.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/2009
UPC:
0883316164587
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
12,998

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Thomas Farrell
Cyd Charisse Vicki Gaye
Lee J. Cobb Rico Angelo
John Ireland Louis Canetto
Kent Smith Jeffrey Stewart
Corey Allen Cooky La Motte
Lewis Charles Danny Rimett
David Opatoshu Lou Forbes
Patrick McVey O'Malley
Barbara Lang Tall Blond Party Girl
Myrna Hansen Joy Hampton
Betty Utey Party Girl
Herb Armstrong Intern
Erich Von Stroheim Police Lieutenant
Georges Saurel Rico's Hood
Carl Thayler Actor
Michael Pierce Actor
Sanita Pelkey Actor
Jerry Schumacher Newsboy
Jack Lambert Nick
Sam McDaniel Jesse
Floyd Simmons Assistant Prosecutor
Sydney Smith Judge Bookwell
Rusty Lane Judge John A. Dasen
Michael Dugan Jenks
John Franco One of Cookie's Henchmen
Barrie Chase Showgirl
Burt Douglas P.A
Carmen Phillips Ricos' Girlfriend
Marshall Bradford District Attorney
Tom Hernandez Sketch Artist
David McMahon Guard
Aaron Saxon Frankie Gasto
Vaughn Taylor Dr. Caderman
Peter Bourne Cab Driver
Vito Scotti Hotel Clerk
Ralph Smiley Hotel Proprietor
Herbert Lytton Judge Alfino
Benny Rubin Mr. Field
Paul Keast Judge Davers
John Damler Detective
Geraldine Wall Day Matron
Robert B. Williams Guard
Dolores Reed Woman
David Garcia Newsman
Harry Hines Newsboy
Stuart Holmes Juror
J. Lewis Smith Juror
Marc Wilder Speciality Dancer
Ken Dibbs Joey Vulner
Hy Anzell Man
Margaret Bert Wardrobe Woman
Jack Gargan Officer
Clare Kelly Genevieve

Technical Credits
Nicholas Ray Director
Jeff Alexander Score Composer
Lee Le Blanc Special Effects
Nicholas Brodszky Songwriter
Robert J. Bronner Cinematographer
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Randall Duell Art Director
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
William Horning Art Director
John McSweeney Editor
Wesley C. Miller Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Pasternak Producer
Richard A. Pefferle Set Decoration/Design
André Previn Score Composer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Sidney Choreography
Erich Von Stroheim Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
George Wells Screenwriter

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