1957. What a great year. Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, Wham-O produced the first Frisbee, American Bandstand joined the ABC Television Network and ... well ... I came into the world.
On Sunday (as I often do after church), I turned on Netflix in search of a classic. Pal Joey, released in 1957, came up on my screen and I jumped. Why wouldn't I? The movie stars Frank Sinatra (who I could listen to sing from now until ...), Rita Hayworth (who, even nearing 40--which in Hollywood, in those days, could have been close to elderly as 60--looks amazingly glamourous), and a beguiling 24-year-old rising star, Kim Novak.
Pal Joey is all about nightclubs and romance and glitz. Old Blue Eyes uses phrases like "mice" and "dames" and "dolls" when talking about women. He's a player, all right, but when he falls, he falls hard.
There's also a cute dog name name Scruffy.
The music is the kind of stuff I grew up on, much of it by Richard Rogers (of Rogers & Hammerstein fame). I found myself singing along to songs like Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered and The Lady is a Tramp and My Funny Valentine.
If you, like me, enjoy old movies (especially musicals), you'll enjoy Pal Joey. My only complaint is that it ended too soon.
(Wanna watch "Frances" sing to Rita? See the video below from the movie. If you don't much about Frank Sinatra, you'll see what he was a hot number throughout his career.)