Party Girl
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Vicki Gaye (Cyd Charisse) is a dancer at a night club in early 1930's Chicago. A healthy cynic who still possesses some ideals, she entertains no illusions about the "invitation" (or the $100 that goes with it) that she gets to a party hosted by mob kingpin Rico Angelo (Lee J. Cobb) -- but she still won't let Angelo's head torpedo Louis Canetto (John Ireland) get near her. Angelo's attorney Thomas Farrell (Robert Taylor) is another story -- he's a more complicated than the men he defends, and still enough of an idealist so that when he and Vicki cross swords about… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"There is little that is novel or exciting about this Party Girl, despite her trappings or the occasional gunplay that surrounds her."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"A hard-hitting crime drama."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The CinemaScope and Metrocolor production gives the film a regal feeling that is at odds with the edgy, dangerous setting."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"It's a honey of a film, never mind the superficial flaws."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"As in all Ray's films, ideas and emotions are transformed into stunning visuals."
‑ , Time Out
"MGM exploitation flick starring Robert Taylor and Cyd Charisse near close of their careers."
‑ Steve Crum,
"The two leads are great at displaying vulnerability around each other, but it's Cobb's role as the gangster boss that steals the acting honours."
‑ , Film4
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