Playgirl (1954)

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Nightclub singer Fran Davis is out to educate her out-of-town friend Phyllis Matthews on the ins-and-outs of life in the Big City. But, par for the course in this Joseph Pevney potboiler, ... See full summary »


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4 July 2019 | boblipton
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| Suffering In Mink
Colleen Miller comes from Nebraska to New York. She stays with her cousin, showgirl Shelley Winters while she makes her way as she knows not what. She gets a couple of lucky breaks, and then the boyfriends, money, luxury apartments, and bullets start flying in this tawdry cheap-girls-in-mink soap opera.

It's not the sort of story I enjoy, but director Joseph Pevney handles it well enough, thanks to a good cast -- Miss Miller got the best reviews of her career for her role -- and Universal's ability to put all the men in dinner jackets and the women in slinky dresses and mink stoles. Pevney started out as a child performer in vaudeville. By 1936, he was an actor on Broadway. After the Second World War, he moved to Los Angeles, where he acted in Paul Muni's theater troupe and had tiny roles in movies. He became a movie director in 1950, but that faded out towards the end of the decade, and he worked until 1985 as a TV director -- tied with Marc Daniels for directing the most episodes of the original STAR TREK. He died in 2008 at the age of 96.

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