U.S., 1957, 111 min, 2K DCP, Dir. George Sidney, Not Rated, Sony Pictures Releasing
“Pal Joey should have no regrets in having made a trip, which could have been perilous, from Broadway to Hollywood if the rich tuneful and Technicolored evidence is any proof.” – A. H. Weiler, New York Times
Frank Sinatra is at his swaggering best as Joey Evans, a nonchalant singer and womanizer about to meet his match in wealthy Vera (Rita Hayworth), whose financing of his club, Chez Joey, comes with strings attached. A chorus girl (Kim Novak) rounds out the love triangle. Freely adapted from the Broadway show, in turn derived from John O’Hara’s epistolary novel, Pal Joey boasts a Rodgers & Hart score packed with standards, including “Bewitched,” “My Funny Valentine,” and the immortal “The Lady Is a Tramp.” However retrograde Joey appears today, Sinatra’s Golden Globe-winning turn is so infused with his signature insouciant charm, it’s impossible to dislike.
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This film screening is made possible by a generous donation from the Harry & Mary Perrin Fund of the Coral Gables Community Foundation and hosted by Don & Jeannett Slesnick.
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