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Valley of the Dolls (15-Dec-1967)

Director: Mark Robson

Writers: Helen Deutsch; Dorothy Kingsley

From novel: Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

Music Adapted and Conducted by: John Williams

Producer: David Weisbart

Keywords: Drama, Psychedelic

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Joey Bishop
Comic
3-Feb-1918 17-Oct-2007 Rat Pack member
Paul Burke
Actor
21-Jul-1926 13-Sep-2009 Det. Adam Flint on Naked City
Charles Drake
Actor
2-Oct-1917 10-Sep-1994 You Never Can Tell
Patty Duke
Actor
14-Dec-1946   The Patty Duke Show
Lee Grant
Actor
31-Oct-1927   Portnoy's Complaint
Susan Hayward
Actor
30-Jun-1918 14-Mar-1975 I Want to Live!
George Jessel
Actor
3-Apr-1898 24-May-1981 Toastmaster General of the United States
Martin Milner
Actor
28-Dec-1931   LAPD officer Pete Malloy on Adam-12
Barbara Parkins
Actor
22-May-1942   Peyton Place and Valley of the Dolls
Jacqueline Susann
Novelist
20-Aug-1918 21-Sep-1974 Valley of the Dolls
Sharon Tate
Actor
24-Jan-1943 8-Aug-1969 Polanski's wife murdered by Manson family

CAST

Starring
Barbara Parkins   ...   Anne Welles
Patty Duke   ...   Neely O'Hara
Paul Burke   ...   Lyon Burke
Sharon Tate   ...   Jennifer North
Tony Scotti   ...   Tony Polar
Martin Milner   ...   Mel Anderson
Charles Drake   ...   Kevin Gillmore
Alex Davion   ...   Ted Casablanca
Lee Grant   ...   Miriam
with
Naomi Stevens   ...   Miss Steinberg
Robert H. Harris   ...   Henry Bellamy
Jacqueline Susann   ...   First Reporter
Robert Viharo   ...   Director
Joey Bishop   ...   MC at Telethon
George Jessel   ...   MC Grammy Awards
Susan Hayward   ...   Helen Lawson

REVIEWS

Review by Sean (posted on 8-Feb-2005)

This is a four star movie! Sharon Tate is wonderful as Jennifer North and deserved the Golden Globe for this film (Not the fearless vampire killers as this web site has stated.) Patty Duke is perfect for the role of Neely O'Hara. She deserved an oscar nomination. If anyone thinks that this movie is overdone, than they are crazy. And to those who think that the scene with Neely and Tony is funny I have one thing to say to them: You are an idiot! The man has Huntington's disease for petes sake! The only thing he can remember is his music and you find that funny! This is a must see.


Review by Eddy (posted on 4-Mar-2005)

I'm giving this movie four stars not because its a great film but for just the opposite reason. It is however one of those films so bad that its great and has a huge cult following in existence. It is funny where it shouldn't be and lots of the acting is less than admirable. But you can't watch it like you would a Gone With The Wind but rather a Rocky Horror Picture Show. Then and only then can you appreciate "Valley Of The Dolls." Let's face it author Jacqueline Susann (who's got a bit part in the film as a reporter) left the premiere in tears she was so upset with it. Patty Duke is poorly miscast as Neely O'Hara and you never do believe that snotty and poor behaved Neely could be the big star the film states. Barbara Parkins is lovely and ill-fated Sharon Tate even lovelier and it's perhaps Tate's portrayal of Jennifer North that deserves the only accolades in acting. Orginally cast as Helen Lawson was Judy Garland who by this time was too sick to finish the project (thank God her career didn't end with this movie) so Susan Hayward was called in to replace her. Hayward over-plays Lawson but it absolutely adds to the campy feel of the film. Best part... the theme song which is sung by Dionne Warwick. I never hear it without thinking of Sharon Tate's horrible murder two years later by followers of Charles Manson...


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