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Valley of the Dolls
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Directed By
Mark Robson

Written By:
Dorothy Kingsley, Helen Deutsch, Jacqueline Susann

Cast:
Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, Paul Burke, Martin Milner, Susan Hayward, Charles Drake, Lee Grant, Alex Davion, Robert Harris, Robert Viharo, Joey Bishop, Richard Dreyfuss, Tony Scotti, George Jessel

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Valley of the Dolls (1967)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
January 6th, 2011

3 GIRLS WHO'D RATHER PLAY WITH DOLLS

C'mon, now - This sensationally sleazy piece of trash from the screwy 60s really should've been a whole lot better - 'Cause, believe me, it couldn't have possibly gotten much worse.

The way I see it, the frequent, unintentional laughs that occurred throughout VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (VOTD) did absolutely nothing to compensate for all of the terrible "everything else" stuff that took place in this disappointingly dumb picture.

Pathetically written, incompetently directed, with certified b-grade performances all around, VOTD is, without question, a shamelessly trashy adaptation of JACQUELINE SUSANN's shamelessly trashy novel of the same name.

In a nutshell -

VOTD's decidedly drab and seemingly uneventful story revolves around the ups and downs and all-arounds of 3 ambitious young beauties breaking into show biz and their inevitable "introduction" (nudge-nudge-wink-wink) into NYC society.

Remembering that this is, of course, 1967 -

These 3 babes, in one way, or another, always seemed to be getting themselves mixed up with all the wrong men and ending up taking all the wrong drugs, for all the wrong reasons. But, I'll be damned if they ever seemed to be getting anything worthwhile happening in their miserable, little lives, at all.

Ho-Hum! What a bloody waste of talent!

Trivia notes -

The so-called "dolls" that are referred to in this film's title is a slang term used for barbiturates that are taken as sleep aids.

Made on an estimated $5 million budget, VOTD (as of 1973) had earned itself $50 million, worldwide.

To date, JACQUELINE SUSANN's garbage novel of the same name has sold over 30 million copies, worldwide.

Actor RICHARD DREYFUSS made his screen debut in this film.

VOTD is considered to be one of the top 100 "Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made" - But, I'll tell you something.... I wasn't amused.

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