Pal Joey (1957)

BBC ONE, 1.00PM ★★★

The Sunday Telegraph - - Today’s television -

This film ver­sion of one of the most sar­donic Broad­way mu­si­cals can seem a lit­tle on the preachy side; its story of a dev­il­ish singer (Frank Si­na­tra) caught be­tween two women (Rita Hay­worth and Kim No­vak) was lightly sani­tised for pub­lic tastes. As such, hits such as Be­witched, Both­ered and Be­wil­dered lost some of their orig­i­nal bit­ing irony; still, the spir­ited lead per­for­mances from Si­na­tra, No­vak and Hay­worth are im­pos­si­ble to re­sist.

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