PAL JOEY (1957) C widescreen 111m dir: George Sidney
w/Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, Barbara Nichols, Bobby Sherwood, Hank Henry, Elizabeth Patterson, Robin Morse, Frank Wilcox, Pierre Watkin
From The Movie Guide: "PAL JOEY's original source was John O'Hara's series of fictional 'letters,' published in the New Yorker, from a mythical dancer who signed all the missives, 'Your Pal Joey.' O'Hara was approached by producer George Abbott, who talked him into adapting the stories into a book for a musical. Rodgers and Hart came aboard and the play was a success, with sensational, sexy tunes. In this bowdlerized film adaptation, Joey is not a dancer but a singer. Sinatra does a bang-up job as Joey, a saloon singer who arrives in San Francisco with a gleam in his eye, a tuxedo in his suitcase, and not a penny in his pocket. He gets a job at a nightclub, and soon has his way with most of the club chorines, the hold-out being Linda (Kim Novak), a sweet ingenue. When Joey and the band (led by real-life bandleader Bobby Sherwood) are booked for a private soiree at the posh home of wealthy widow Vera (Rita Hayworth), Joey recognizes her as a former stripper. Vera has eyes for Joey, who is himself rapidly falling for Linda, and decides to finance him in his own nightspot, Chez Joey. ... Some of Rodgers and Hart's best songs are in this score, including Sinatra's classic rendition of 'The Lady is a Tramp.' (Novak and Hayworth's singing voices are dubbed.) Add gorgeous costumes, excellent choreography by Hermes Pan, and snappy direction by George Sidney to the tunes and what you have is a don't-miss picture."
PAL JOEY was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Editing (Viola Lawrence), Art Direction (Walter Holscher, William Kiernan, Louis Diage), Costume Design (Jean Louis), and Sound (John P. Livadary).