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Pal Joey
Not Rated
111 minutes
Comedy Musical

PAL JOEY stars Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak in this sophisticated musical comedy with music by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart. Sinatra plays Joey Evans, a cabaret singer who romances wealthy socialite Vera Simpson (Hayworth) into financing his own nightclub, but then falls for voluptuous chorine Linda (Novak). Based on a series of stories written as letters by John O'Hara for THE NEW YORKER, the letters were all signed "Your Pal Joey" by a mythical dancer. O'Hara later adapted the stories as a book for the Broadway musical which starred Gene Kelly. When Columbia bought the film rights, studio chief Harry Cohn wanted Kelly for the lead and Hayworth for the younger role of Linda, but Kelly was already contracted to MGM and the project was shelved. Seventeen years later, the combined talents of Hayworth, Sinatra and newcomer Kim Novak brought PAL JOEY to the screen. With some of Rogers and Hart's most beloved songs including "My Funny Valentine," and "The Lady Is A Tramp," PAL JOEY was nominated for four Academy Awards® for Art Direction-Set Decoration, Sound Recording, Costume Design and Film Editing. Although PAL JOEY was a huge commercial success, it would be Rita Hayworth's swan song for Columbia.

Rita Hayworth
Vera Prentice-Simpson
Frank Sinatra
Joey Evans
Kim Novak
Linda English
Barbara Nichols
Bobby Sherwood
Ned Galvin
Elizabeth Patterson
Mrs. Casey
Hank Henry
Mike Miggins
George Sidney
Screen Play by Dorothy Kingsley; From the Musical Play; Book by John O'Hara; Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Lorenz Hart; Produced on stage by George Abbott
Fred Kohlmar
Country USA
Language English