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Valley of the Dolls
Below is a transcript of the review on the audio file playable above.1967’s ‘Valley of the Dolls” is the trashy, flashy, splashy film about three hungry young women seduced by show business. Addiction, men, money, lots of upper and downer pills align to create a film flooded in overacting and loads and loads of pink and white fur.
Based upon the very popular novel by Jacqueline Suzanne, Hollywood’s version of “Valley of the Dolls” is a convoluted, confusing, mess of a film, but I love it!
The film co-stars beautiful Sharon Tate in her most memorable role, Jennifer the Hollywood housewife. The film took on a cult following after Tate was brutally murdered by the Manson clad. It’s haunting to watch her; you can’t help think about that gruesome, violent night in Beverly Hills.
This would have been Judy Garland’s last film; she was hired to play fading Broadway Queen Helen Lawson. She was a bit too unpredictable, so she was fired. Susan Hayward replaced Garland, and performs a singing number that looks like an acid trip. As Helen Lawson she bellows to a returning Broadway wannabe; “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.”
With Jail, booze, breakdowns, drugs and car crashes so prevalent by three girls in today’s tabloids, “Valley of the Dolls” might have simply been ahead of its time.