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Pal Joey (1957) was a Drama - Musical Film directed by George Sidney and produced by Fred Kohlmar.

Academy Awards 1957 --- Ceremony Number 30 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Walter Holscher; Set Decoration: William Kiernan, Louis DiageNominated
Best Costume DesignJean LouisNominated
Best Film EditingViola Lawrence, Jerome ThomsNominated
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Vera Simpson: Me and Joey are the same type of cat, we understand each other.


Joey Evans: Good Morning!
Linda English: What's good about it?
Joey Evans: First hangover? Well, there's a first time for everything.
Linda English: Why do people drink when you feel so awful the morning after?
Joey Evans: Maybe because it feels so good the night before.


Linda English: I'm never drinking again.
Joey Evans: First hangover?
Linda English: Why does it feel so bad?
Joey Evans: It only feels so bad in the morning cause it feels so good the night before.


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Billy Wilder was the original choice to direct. He discussed it with Columbia studio head Harry Cohn over lunch one day. Not only did Cohn turn down him as director, but he later sent Wilder a bill for their lunch.
After Columbia producer Harry Cohn saw the success of Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth in Cover Girl, he promised this film to them. (Kelly had his big break by creating the role of Joey Evans on Broadway.) Sadly, the story took another 15 years to reach the screen and by that time, Kelly was under contract to MGM. Hayworth was cast as the older woman, with Kim Novak now playing the younger woman.
Columbia Studios head Harry Cohn suggested Marlene Dietrich for the role of Vera Simpson. Dietrich turned down the part but suggested her friend Frank Sinatra for the role of Joey after Gene Kelly was denied the part. Cohn suggested Jack Lemmon before Sinatra was eventually cast.
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