With Kim Novak, Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Nichols, Elizabeth Patterson, Bobby Sherwood, Hank Henry, Leon Alton, Isabel Analla, Robert Anderson, Maurice Argent, Tol Avery, Rita Barrett, Eddie Bartell, Steve Benton
Pal Joey is a 1957 American musical film, loosely adapted from the musical play of the same name, and starring Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, and Kim Novak. Jo Ann Greer sang for Hayworth, as she had done previously in Affair in Trinidad and Miss Sadie Thompson. Kim Novak’s singing voice was dubbed by Trudy Erwin. The director is George Sidney and the choreographer is Hermes Pan.
Considered by many critics as the definitive Frank Sinatra vehicle, Sinatra won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his role as the wise-cracking, hard-bitten Joey Evans. As to be expected, the musical arrangements are particularly fine, with some near-perfect Nelson Riddle charts for the Rodgers and Hart standards “The Lady is a Tramp”, “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” “I Could Write a Book” and “There’s A Small Hotel.”
When the picture was released in 1957, Rita Hayworth surprisingly received top billing over Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was, by that time, a bigger star, and his title role was predominant. When asked about the billing, Sinatra replied, “Ladies first.”