Pal Joey
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The John O'Hara/Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Broadway musical Pal Joey created quite a stir during its original theatrical run in 1940. Here we had a heel of a hero who sleeps with a wealthy older woman in order to realize his dream of owning his own nightclub, and who breaks the heart of the girl who truly loves him when she impedes his plans to get ahead. Blossom Time it wasn't. Due to the seamy nature of the plot and the double- and single-entendre song lyrics (especially the original words for "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered", which you aren't likely to hear on… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"Due to restrictions of the Production Code, George Sidney's musical of John O'Hara's outre 1940 stage show is compromised, but there some good songs and visual pleasure in watchning Columbia's stars Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak (though they're dubbed)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The first half of the film is light-hearted and full of wonderful musical numbers ... but Sinatra shows his acting ability in the second half."
‑ Willie Waffle, WaffleMovies.com
"The film goes up in flames when its '50s morality rears its ugly head."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Flawed, but see it for Rita."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Sinatra is fantastic."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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