Pal Joey

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6.71 h 49 min195713+
Joey Evans (Frank Sinatra) is charming, handsome, funny, and talented. When Joey meets the former chorus girl and now is the rich widow, Vera Simpson (Rita Hayworth), the pair of lecherous souls seem made for each other.
Directors
George Sidney
Starring
Frank SinatraRita HayworthKim Novak
Genres
ComedyRomanceArts, Entertainment, and Culture
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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Supporting actors
Barbara NicholsRobert ReedBarrie Chase
Producers
Fred Kohlmar
Studio
Sony Pictures
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4.4 out of 5 stars

477 global ratings

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  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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Christine JensenReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Very Dated
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I love old musicals and am very aware things were different back in the 50's as far as how men regarded women, etc....but that said, this was shockingly the most misogynistic, sexist, piece of garbage I have ever seen, even for the 1950's. Seems like most every line out of Sinatra's mouth was hateful towards women or saw them only as a sex object. I am shocked Rita Hayworth was in this. She was only in her late 30's yet played the "older woman" wealthy widow benefactor to Sinatra's character. A bit demoralizing. I also just will never get the appeal Sinatra had. He was about an 110 pound weakling who was so skinny and homely that I failed to see why these gorgeous women went for him. I normally forgive the silly, predictable premises of these old musicals and love all by Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and anyone else really. The only plus in this movie was the 1950's scenery of San Francisco. Back when my city was still unspoiled by ugly skyscrapers, homeless encampments, crime etc. Oh, the nighblub was in what is Flood Masion too which is a hoot since that is a very wealthy residential-only neighborhood. I guess they assumed most movie-goers in the '50s were unfamiliar with the real San Francisco.
4 people found this helpful
Jerry FlanaganReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Four Very Famous songs are sung by some famous beautiful Actors
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This movie is a another great movie classic. The reason is that these four very famous songs are sung by some of the most famous, beautiful actors on and off the screen (past or present). Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak and Rita Hayworth. ("I Could Write A Book", "The Lady Is A Tramp", "Bewitched", "My Funny Valentine"). I could watch this movie on a cold winter night every weekend, during the winter months. I feel club lounge excited when I see these three actors on screen hanging out in cocktail lounges, dancing and singing on screen. Great movie for couples to watch after their Valentines dinner as well.
8 people found this helpful
Kandy LangfordReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sinatra At His Skirt-Chasing/Song-Singing Best
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My favorite Sinatra movie w/a couple of his best songs in it. Old school & can't help loving Italian skirt-chasers of questionable means named Joey. Had one myself a few years back. Kim & Rita are gorgeous...just radiate that back-in-the-day movie star quality. I know exactly why Mrs. Simpson calls him "beauty"...they're like pets you unsure of ever owning. Doesn't matter that it's romantic mush w/a predictable story line...it's Sinatra & his ladies in their peak years.
15 people found this helpful
TGReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Pal Joey as issued by Sony Choice Collection is of poor image quality
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The feature itself is of course great, but this DVD-ROM leaves quite a lot to be desired. The image quality is poor, really looks like a streaming service and not one of the better ones -- maybe 480p at the most. Fortunately, the sound is strong but I am not sure it is Stereo as stated on the pull-down menu, most likely only Mono 2.0.

This is a single-layer DVD-R and will not play on my Lenovo laptop. Playing it in an Oppo BDP-95 gives a resolution that is mostly in the 3-4 Mbps bit rate range, only occasionally breaking into 5's. Overall I would say that is very weak for a 2013 issue, I have several other discs that muster twice this, even on 2-for-1 DVDs.

I would recommend anyone considering this feature to get the 1999 manufactured DVD instead of this "on demand" rubbish.

10/19/2017 update: after cleaning the disc with an expensive "clarifier" (Ultrabit Diamond-Plus) and thoroughly buffing with the Riedel Wine Glass microfiber cloth, I see a great improvement in image quality, colors, grain, detail all much better
3 people found this helpful
LucyReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Frank Sinatra owns this movie!
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I liked everything about this movie. The acting, the sets the songs, the dancing and the drama. Kim Novak was surprising as a singer and dancer and Rita Hayworth was fantastic!
9 people found this helpful
Movies R UsReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
LOVED FRANK & KIM TOGETHER
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GREAT CASTING, CLOTHES, SONGS & LOVED THE DOG.

**THE CAMERA LOVES KIM NOVAK, BEAUTIFUL SKIN & EYES. EVEN THOUGH THE STORYLINE WAS PREDICTABLE, THE DIALOGUE WAS CLEVER & ENTERTAINING. THERE WAS A LOT OF CHEMISTRY BETWEEN SINATRA & NOVAK, AND THOSE KISSES!!!!**

THE FORMAT WAS A LITTLE TOO SHOW-BIZZY FOR ME, NOT A FAN OF THE ROUTINES. I DID NOT LIKE THE SETS.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sinatra and Hayworth are great!
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I like the movie, the theme and feel of it. Sinatra does a great job of being the womanizer who meets his match and Hayworth is lovely as the socialite.....the first time I've seen a movie where she doesn't get the guy. She did a great job also. Good movie....watch it!
6 people found this helpful
ardis S.Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
One Of The Greatest
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Frank Sinatra, in his prime, made some terrific movies, but Pal Joey is my favorite. Okay, so I'm gonna tell my age and say that I remember when this movie premiered. I didn't get to see it, my Mom said it was "too mature" for me. Ha! Since that time, I've watched this delightful version of the Broadway play dozens of times. Poor Joey Evans. A down-and-out guy, a real loser, tries his luck with a supper club, thanks to the benevolent rich woman, played by Rita Hayworth. She's a former stripper who married a rich guy. Can't tell you any more of the plot, but I love the songs, and you'll get a good look at a real beauty of the times, Kim Novak. Well worth watching.
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