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Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls

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Director: Mark Robson

Cast: Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke


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A cinematic take on a 1960s best-seller, Valley of the Dolls traces the ups and downs of three young women as fame, booze, pills, and men consume their lives. Well-bred, small-town Anne Welles (Peyton Place star Barbara Parkins) arrives in New York eager for fame but settles for a job assisting theatrical attorney Henry Bellamy (Robert H. Harris). The


A cinematic take on a 1960s best-seller, Valley of the Dolls traces the ups and downs of three young women as fame, booze, pills, and men consume their lives. Well-bred, small-town Anne Welles (Peyton Place star Barbara Parkins) arrives in New York eager for fame but settles for a job assisting theatrical attorney Henry Bellamy (Robert H. Harris). The job leads her to cross paths with Helen Lawson (Hollywood veteran Susan Hayward), the grand dame of Broadway musicals, and Neely O'Hara (sitcom star Patty Duke), an up-and-coming performer whom Lawson unceremoniously boots from her latest show. Neely lands on her feet thanks to a series of nightclub gigs, and soon she and Anne befriend Jennifer North (Sharon Tate), a buxom starlet. As Neely becomes a huge star of stage and screen and Jennifer appears topless in a string of European "art" films, Anne becomes a wealthy cosmetics spokeswoman and suffers though a passionate but failed affair with aspiring writer Lyon Burke (Paul Burke). As the pressures of fame and failed romance take their toll on all three women, they take refuge in food, sex, liquor, and pills -- especially Neely, who becomes downright monstrous (the titular "dolls" are the uppers and downers to which she becomes hopelessly addicted). Although the film's characters are fictitious composites, Neely most closely resembles Judy Garland; Garland herself was originally cast as Lawson, but she was replaced after only a few days by Hayward. Although the film's trailer played up the story's titillating subject matter, the script for Valley of the Dolls actually toned down Jacqueline Susann's novel. And despite the fact that Dionne Warwick can be heard singing "(Theme From) The Valley of the Dolls" twice during the film, contractual snags kept her from releasing the soundtrack version; a different arrangement later became a number two pop hit in 1968.

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20th Century Fox

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Performance Credits
Barbara Parkins Anne Welles
Patty Duke Neely O'Hara
Paul Burke Lyon Burke
Sharon Tate Jennifer North
Tony Scotti Tony Polar
Susan Hayward Helen Lawson
Martin Milner Mel Anderson
Charles Drake Kevin Gillmore
Lee Grant Miriam Polar
Naomi Stevens Miss Steinberg
Robert H. Harris Henry Bellamy
Jacqueline Susann First Reporter
Robert Viharo Director
Joey Bishop Telethon Host
George Jessel Host at Grammy Awards
Richard Angarola Claude Chardot
Mikel Angel Man in Hotel Room
Billy Beck Man Sleeping in Movie House
Norman Burton Neely's Hollywood Director
Barry Cahill Man in Bar
Richard Dreyfuss Actor
Gertrude Flynn Ladies' Room Attendant
Jeanne Gerson Neely's Maid
Robert Gibbons Desk Clerk at Lawrenceville Hotel
Marvin Hamlisch Pianist
Judith Lowry Aunt Amy
Dorothy Neumann Actor
Barry O'Hara Assistant Stage Manager
Peggy Rea Neely's Voice Coach
Margot Stevenson Anne's Mother
Corinna Tsopei Telephone Girl
Pat Becker Actor
Alexander Davion Ted Casablanca
Richard Hoyt Reporter
Darlene Conley Actor

Technical Credits
Mark Robson Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Don Bassman Sound/Sound Designer
Raphael Bretton Set Decoration/Design
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Richard Day Art Director
Chico Day Production Manager
Helen Deutsch Screenwriter
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Eli Dunn Asst. Director
Philip M. Jefferies Production Designer
Dorothy Kingsley Screenwriter
Emil Kosa Special Effects
Robert J. Koster Asst. Director
Ben Nye Makeup
André Previn Songwriter
Dory Previn Songwriter
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Joe Scully Casting
Robert Sidney Choreography
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Jacqueline Susann Screenwriter
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
David Weisbart Producer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer


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Valley of the Dolls 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Valley of the dolls is one of the greatest movies of all time. i am tired of people calling this a "camp movie". I have noticed throughout my life this is how real people act over the top and overly dramatic. Most real life people do not live like Little house on the prairie or Miracle on 34th st. REAL LIFE REAL PROBLEMS. alochol and drug problems - infedelity - mental illness - physical illness. Valley of the dolls is dramatized reality. I see a lot of dramatized reality on this planet. Valley of the dolls is a classic. no debate
Guest More than 1 year ago
Susann's compilation of typing became a super duper blockbuster so it was inevitable that it would be sold to the movies. It was so bad Susann herself hated it and she had a bit role. Patty Duke singing in the nuthouse with Tony Scotti is the biggest hoot since Edward G Robinson's performance in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. Barbara Parkins disappeared from the scene after this movie and we all know what happened to poor Sharon Tate. Only Susan Hayward is any good but hers is a cameo role. But it is one of those secret pleasures we should not enjoy (like Twinkies) but we can't help ourselves.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't pay that much attention to the movie until basically after the book Helter Skelter came out. I wanted to see some of the works of Sharon Tate. I think during the time it came out it was geniunely under-rated. It was the first brash movie for that time period of the 60's. I was very young when it came out, so I had to wait about 5 to 10 years to appreciate it. A lot of the people I know didn't care for the movie. They considered it a flop. I am one of those who totally disagree. I like Parkins, Duke and especially Tate. Its regrettable that her role was quite a bit smaller than Duke and Parkins. Its is sad that Tate didn't get her notoriety until her death. She had to pay such a high price for her fame. This country still hasn't totally recovered from her grissley death. I give this movie about a 4 star rating. It was a movie that made America grow up! A lot of the movies in that decade were sugary. After that movie or maybe a little before The Graduate made its debut. Innocence was gone from then on too the present time.