Gangsters -- United States -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Drama, Man-woman relationships -- United States -- Drama

Party Girl

35mm 'Scope Print


Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb, John Ireland,

Against an obscure, baroquely stylized locale almost arbitrarily tagged "Chicago in the early thirties," Ray creates a surreal atmosphere of exoticism and violence. Robert Taylor and Cyd Charisse are well cast against type as a gangland lawyer and a lounge singer/call girl who rebel against an underworld "family" of which mobster Lee J. Cobb is the formidable father. As in other Ray films (They Live by Night, Rebel Without a Cause), love in the context of a brutal society becomes l'amour fou; but in no other film does "normality" approach the hellish insanity of Party Girl.

Judy Bloch
  • George Wells
Based On
  • an unpublished story by Leo Katcher

  • Robert Bronner
Print Info
  • Color
  • 'Scope 35mm
  • 99 mins
  • Warner Bros.

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The cinema is Nicholas Ray (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2003

The films of Nicholas Ray (program note), Pacific Film Archive, 1973

La réponse de Nicholas Ray (article), Fereydoun Hoveyda

[Nicholas Ray films] (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England)

[Party girl] (book excerpt)

[Nicholas Ray films] (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group

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