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Party Girl

Released Oct 28, 1958 1h 39m Crime Drama List
83% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 57% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Deft lawyer Thomas Farrell (Robert Taylor) has found himself a role successfully defending the crooked goons of crime boss Rico Angelo (Lee J. Cobb). When Thomas meets glamorous dancer Vicki Gaye (Cyd Charisse), he falls in love with her. Vicki makes Thomas realize that he should stop representing criminals, and he tries to break ties with Angelo. However, the mobster will not let Thomas free and kidnaps Vicki in order to keep the lawyer in his employ. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Richard Brody New Yorker Ray's direction, with its garish, searing streaks of color (red has rarely slashed the screen so violently), sharp diagonals, and quickly lurching wide-screen views, reflects its characters' raging energies and inner conflicts. Aug 19, 2019 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Taylor and Charisse have never been better, and rarely has Ray's theme of two flawed individuals trying to strike a symmetrical balance achieved a more beautiful and convulsive expression. Oct 23, 2007 Full Review TIME Magazine Unfortunately, the picture's plot (good girl helps bad guy go straight) fits the mood like a concrete overshoe, and the more than generous serving of cheesecake is pretty soggy stuff. Oct 23, 2007 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine A big-budget modern version of the old-fashioned gangland melodrama, made quite tolerable by some good performances and the addition of two musical numbers starring the lustrous Cyd Charisse. Nov 14, 2019 Full Review Phil Hall Film Threat The CinemaScope and Metrocolor production gives the film a regal feeling that is at odds with the edgy, dangerous setting. Rated: 2.5/5 Jun 29, 2009 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com MGM exploitation flick starring Robert Taylor and Cyd Charisse near close of their careers. Rated: 3/5 Mar 8, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member An interesting blend of MGM musical and film noir. Film is another one of Hollywood's "could have been great, if only ..." and in this case it's too bad the studio didn't give filmmaker Nicholas Ray complete control of this unique film. Nonetheless this is worthy of your eyes if only to see Cyd Charisse and her stunning wardrobe. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Made in 1958, supposed to be the 20's? Costumes from 1958. Awful acting, sad that these stars would have to do this film for the money. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Robert Taylor gives one of his finest performances as a lawyer for the mob. Things get hairy for him, however, when it comes time for him to turn on his mob boss (Lee J. Cobb). The dilema puts Taylor's girlfriend (cyd Charisse) in danger. The story has as many holes as the shot up bodies, but the characters are layered pretty well and it has some exciting moments. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Expensive merchandise. Lawyer Thomas Farrell has lived a very interesting and rich life as a lawyer for criminals. He is now separated, divorced in a way, and drinks alone and watches shows. One day he is introduced to a beautiful showgirl and wants to settle down, but he'll find his past may come back to haunt him and derail his desires for happiness... "You know what a bottle of acid could do to a face like that?" Nicholas Ray, director of Rebel Without a Cause, 55 Days of Peking, We Can't Go Home Again, Born to be Bad, In a Lonely Place, and On Dangerous Ground, delivers Party Girl. The storyline for this picture is very interesting, unpredictable, and contains interesting and unique characters. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Robert Taylor, John Ireland, Lee Cobb, Cyd Charisse, and Corey Allen. "Don't make me get tough." I came across this some time ago on cable and had to DVR it. It was very interesting and a unique classic picture that is a bit underrated and very well done. It isn't perfect, is dry in spots, and maybe a bit unrealistic, but still very entertaining and worth at least one viewing for fans of the classics. "Honey, you're just married to him." Grade: B Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Not one of Ray's best films...and there isn't much of the party girl in Party Girl at all. In fact, while this seems like a film built around Cyd Charisse, she is just a side character in the main plot. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member With Cyd Charisse in the lead, of course there must be dancing in the plot - even in a gangster flick (1950s gazing back at 1930s here). So, she's a showgirl and she falls for Robert Taylor's mob lawyer (the kind of mob lawyer who is ashamed of what he does...or she makes him feel that way). Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum suggests that this film fits in with director Nicholas Ray's penchant for featuring flawed people learning to cope with life (and often coming together in the effort) although perhaps the widescreen technicolor presentation and Lee J. Cobb's usual scenery-chewing distracted me from the smaller story. Taylor is a fine actor but Charisse seems, um, less so ... except in those dance sequences where suddenly her character seems to embody all of the intensity that is otherwise lost on the screen. If only there were more of these sequences, the film might have become something stranger and more compelling. As it stands, it's enjoyable but doesn't levitate you. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Deft lawyer Thomas Farrell (Robert Taylor) has found himself a role successfully defending the crooked goons of crime boss Rico Angelo (Lee J. Cobb). When Thomas meets glamorous dancer Vicki Gaye (Cyd Charisse), he falls in love with her. Vicki makes Thomas realize that he should stop representing criminals, and he tries to break ties with Angelo. However, the mobster will not let Thomas free and kidnaps Vicki in order to keep the lawyer in his employ.
Director
Nicholas Ray
Producer
Joe Pasternak
Production Co
Euterpe
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 28, 1958, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 4, 2009
Runtime
1h 39m
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