Pal Joey (1957)
Pal Joey the movie was released 17 years after Pal Joey the Rogers and Hart musical. It retained about half of the Broadway show's tunes and added a few other Rogers and Hart creations for good measure. The leading man was changed from a dancer (Gene Kelly) to a crooner (naturally, since that's what Frank Sinatra did) and the location was changed from Chicago to San Francisco, deeming it a candidate for this blog. Hollywood's contribution of luxuriant scenes, costumes and music (arranged by Nelson Riddle) guaranteed the movie a successful reception with critics and at the box office. Several Oscar and Golden Globe nominations followed and Sinatra won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical. The movie was directed by George Sydney.
Joey Evans (Sinatra) was a wise-cracking semi-likeable crooner who women fawned over even as he treated them as chattel. He is thrown out of town by the local police for bedding the mayor's under-age daughter and ends up in San Francisco singing at a club in the International Settlement. He soon meets the older but wealthy Vera Prentice-Simpson (Hayworth, close to 3 years younger than him in real life) and the younger chorus girl Linda English (Novak). They both angle for marriage but he resists, until one of them softens his heart.
- One Way Ticket Spenger's Fish Grotto, 1919 4th Street, Berkeley, California--- Berkeley Train Station, 4th Street at University Avenue, Berkeley, California
- West Coast Arrival Oakland Pier, 7th Street, Oakland--- Ferry Building, San Francisco
- International Settlement Pacific Avenue between Kearny and Montgomery--- Bella Pacific, 560 Pacific--- Arabian Nights, 592 Pacific--- Barbary Coast, 533 Pacific
- Vera Simpson's Mansion - 1 Coit Tower (virtual location), Pioneer Park, Telegraph Hill
- Joey Finds A Room 1250 Taylor Street, Nob Hill
- Pet Shop 517 Pacific Avenue, Jackson Square
- Vera Simpson's Mansion - 2 Coit Tower (virtual location), Pioneer Park, Telegraph Hill
- Vera's Yacht Vera West Harbor, Marina Boulevard, the Marina
- Club Chez Joey 2080 Washington Street, Pacific Heights
- A Happy Ending 2080 Washington Street, Pacific Heights--- Near St Francis Yacht Club, the Marina