Valley Of The Dolls
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Lured by their dreams of fame and fortune, three ambitious young women enter the world of show business and discover how easy it is to sink into a celebrity nightmare of ego, alcohol and 'pills' - the beloved "dolls." A prim New Englander (Barbara Parkins) unexpectedly skyrockets from her job as secretary in a talent agency to a glamorous TV model. A determined singer (Patty Duke) finds that Hollywood success can also spell self-destruction. And a beautiful sex symbol (Sharon Tate) is torn between the money commands and the shame of feeling exploited. Based on Jacqueline Susann's phenomenal best-seller about the underside of Hollywood, this fascinating melodrama was once seen as a shocking behind-the-scenes look at how show business creates instant stars, destroys romances and changes personalities forever.
They don't make 'em like this anymore. Well, John Waters might, if he ever had a big enough budget. A steamy "inside look" at the alternately sleazy and glamorous world of catfighting, backbiting show-biz starlets, this Hollywood hit from the bestselling novel by Jacqueline Susann is a high-gloss camp artifact--a time capsule (or some kind of capsule, anyway)--from the screwy '60s, when a broad was a broad, a bitch was a bitch (whether "her" name was Neely O'Hara or Ted Casablanca), and a "doll" was a prescription drug. These dames of whine and poses obsessed over their bust lines, booze, and barbiturates. The once-shocking and scandalous language and behavior of these Broadway babes has been eclipsed by Dallas, Dynasty, and Melrose Place, but time has only enhanced the stature of Valley of the Dolls as a classic--and it still puts Showgirls to shame. With Patty Duke, Susan Hayward, Sharon Tate, Lee Grant, Barbara Parkins, and Martin Milner (and juicy, scene-chewing dialogue such as the infamous: "They drummed you out of Hollywood, so you come crawling back to Broadway. But Broadway doesn't go for booze and dope--now get out of my way, I've got a man waiting for me!"), Valley of the Dolls is the Mount Rushmore of backstage movie melodramas. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Just one of a myriad of oh-so-quotable lines from the classic VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, based on Jacqueline Susann's steamy pulp-fiction bestseller of 1966. The acting is pure cheese, the script is a paler, watered-down imitation of Susann's text and the songs are God-awful. But there is something about this little gem that draws me in time after time. I could easily watch it once or twice a day and never get bored with it.
The story recounts three girls in New York: Anne Welles (Barbara Parkins - BEAR ISLAND), Neely O'Hara (Patty Duke - THE MIRACLE WORKER) and Jennifer North (Sharon Tate).
Anne has just arrived from small-town Lawrenceville, and landed a job as secretary in an entertainment law-firm. This leads Anne to the acquaintance of Neely, a young up-and-coming Broadway singer who's just been dumped from the new musical starring Helen Lawson (Susan Hayward - I WANT TO LIVE). The reason?...Neely would easily steal the show, and the only star of a Helen Lawson show is Helen Lawson...!
Anne also meets Jennifer, a sweet but by her own admission, talentless showgirl/model. Anne's boss Lyon Burke (Paul Burke) arranges for Neely to sing on a charity telethon, and she quickly lands her own revue at a prominent nightclub. Jennifer marries handsome crooner Tony Polar (Tony Scotti) against the wishes of his sister/manager Miriam (Lee Grant - VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED). Anne then gets discovered by a cosmetics firm and becomes the glamorous 'Gillian Girl'.
The story moves to Hollywood where both Neely and Tony are turned into movie stars. Success comes too fast and easily for Neely who disappears into a heady world of dolls and alcohol.Read more ›
"I wanted a marriage like mom and dad's, but not yet. First I want new experiences, new faces, new surroundings. Lawrenceville will be there foreveah."
"I remember the night I told them I was going to New York. They said it was a dreadful place for a vacation. I announced I was going to work there."
"George Washington didn't sleep there but he did dip a bucket of water from our well."
"I can still see them standing there waving. Aunt Amy, Mama and Willie. Poor Willie, he didn't know I was leaving his life forevah."
"Queenie's pregnant again. My Siamese. Drat! I hope its not that beat up black Tom."
"Black Siamese should be very pretty. I'm Anne Wells."
"Oh yes, the agency phoned about you. A BA in Radcliffe. Mr. Bellamy will like that. He will thin it will gives the office tone."
"Don't give her that I loved you when I was a little girl routine or she'll stab you in the back."
"Neely never had that hard core like me. She never learned to roll with the punches."
"Find yourself a wife. Have kids. Or one day you'll wind up alone like me. I wonder what the hell happened?"
The book, of course, has not been violated: that it was ever anything but subliterate, jaw-droppingly horrible, and as common as kitty litter would never occur to my or any mind. The actors are given so little to work with that they shouldn't be faulted for giving performances of unbelievable badness, but dear little Patty Duke goes above and beyond the call of duty: her Neely O'Hara must rank as the funniest essay in sheer tastelessness in all of cinema.
Even she is exceeded by Susan Hayward, who exhibits not so much a lack of any discernible talent whatsoever - though that too - as an illiteracy of the soul.
If I had the pen and wit of Bernard Shaw I'd try to describe the "songs" and "music" - if one may use those terms for courtesy.
Enough said. If you're in a mood to laugh yourself silly over one of the worst, most tasteless exhibitions ever committed to celluloid - and at that an adaptation of a truly tacky piece of literary offal - do rent this. You may need a barf bag!
are available on DVD in Australia Zone4 I wonder why not in the USA?.Oh well,anyway my flatmate put me on to this film and I've got to say its a hoot!,from the opening voice over by Barbara Parkins,the theme song by Dionne Warrwick,to the truly bad songs
sung by Patti Duke and Tony Scotti and Susan Heywood (I'll plant my own tree?,whats that all about?),its just sooooo bad!
and thats the reason I love it!.Neely O'hara,(I gotta be up at
5 o'clock in morning and Sparkle,Neely,Sparkle!)such an ambitious little girl,stepping on everyone and everything to get to the top,the Sanitorium scenes were just hysterical!
Barbara Parkins as the "good girl" Anne Welles,even she succumbs
to the "dolls",and the stunning Sharon Tate as Jennifer (Boobies
Boobies,boobies,I did pretty well without 'em),thanks Neely,she
and Tony's characters I found the sweetest and that scene,that
catfight between Susan Haywood and Patti,what a freakin' hoot!
wig down the dunny,and that stunning pantsuit that Susan Haywood was wearing,what a blast!.Poor old Martin Milner as Neely's hubby,being so brutally dismissed and stepped on by Neely,GO Babe!.All in all Valley of the Dolls I'd put firmly
in my Top10 favorites,and to see it in a widescreen DVD,albeit
with nothing in the way of special features whatsoever is nothing short of a miracle,the picture is beautiful,the soundtrack stereo and clear,I even went so far as to tape the opening voiceover and title song to play in the car,its that good...LOVE IT!
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Patty Duke's performance is outstanding. Also Sharon Tate. If you want to catch a glimpse of the 1960s, this is the movie to watch. (I've watched it about 3 times!)Published 6 months ago by Maxoomi
A very explicit and avant-guard picture of the 60's, I loved it and could related to it. I have to watch it once a year, it's a cult film for me.Published 9 months ago by Deodora
Great to see it again. Read the book when it was first out. Loved Parkins, and Duke and Sharon Tate.Published 16 months ago by barbara Forhan
Hate the movie. However,Valley of the Dolls love the actress Sharon Tate <3 A very memorable performance. She makes the film worth watching time and time again.Published on Dec 20 2013 by Brian
I saw this movie long ago in the 70's when it was shown on British TV. Then, like now, I was into anything that had something to do with those halcyon 60's. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2012 by Stingray
Loved the book, wasn't so fond of the movie. Interesting to compare and note the similarities/differences between the book and the movie, but not even close to being as good as the... Read morePublished on Dec 25 2009 by Summer_Nights
I can't resist....More Quotes:
"Ted Casablanca is NOT a fag. And I'm the dame who can prove it."
"You're not the breadwinnah either."
"Tony! Tony! Read more