Joey" on DVD
"Pal Joey" is a relatively minor musical in the Hollywood galaxy,
but it's an entertaining film with good performances from some heavyweight
stars and some nice music from Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart.
Joey (Frank Sinatra),
is a small-time club singer who has two major problems: his attitude,
and dames. Mostly dames - and we aren't talking about females who've been
knighted by the Queen.
Joey loves women and
women love him back. He opines that there are two types of women - ladies,
and dames - and that you should treat ladies like dames and vice versa
if you're to be successful with them.
His record here speaks
for himself. He quickly has every woman in the club - with the exception
of one - eating out of his hand. The one (Kim Novak) is a classy girl
with dreams of stardom and initially Joey's "charm" is lost
Joey's other major
conquest in "Pal Joey" is the wealthy socialite widow ex-stripper
(Rita Hayworth), who he convinces to bankroll his dream of opening his
own night club. Things go along smoothly until Hayworth decides her life
would be better without Novak hanging around Sinatra and decides she should
be gotten rid of.
It's all fairly standard
stuff, but the production values are as good as the performances, and
songs like "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and "The
Lady is a Tramp" can't help but make you glad you came. Sinatra is
good as Joey, Hayworth's sexy portrayal of Joey's "Sugar Momma"
is full of upper crust sensuality, and Novak appears almost virginal in
her role as the "other woman."
The DVD is in widescreen and Pan&Scan on opposite sides and the picture
quality is great. Audio is Dolby digital mono, from the two main
speakers, and it sounds very good. Extras are limited to some talent
info, an interesting trailer featuring the Chairman of the Board
himself as host, "vintage" advertising in the form of
theater lobby one sheets, and a bonus trailer for "The
Loves of Carmen."
While "Pal Joey"
isn't up to the "BIG" standard of such classic Hollywood musicals
as Oklahoma!, The Music Man, Oliver,
or My Fair Lady, it's still a pleasant
movie experience fans of this genre and these stars will undoubtely enjoy.
Pal Joey, from Columbia
Tristar Home Video
109 minutes, Widescreen (1.85:1)/Pan&Scan, Dolby Digital mono
Starring Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak
Produced by Fred Kohlman, Written by Dorothy Kingsley,
Directed by George Sydney
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