By John O'Hara
For its seventy fifth anniversary and Frank Sinatra’s centennial: the Jazz Age masterpiece that encouraged the enduring Sinatra movie and the hit Broadway musical, and that includes the musical’s libretto and lyrics
at the seedy facet of Chicago nightlife within the Nineteen Thirties, Joey Evans is a negative man’s Bing Crosby—a big-talking, small-time nightclub crooner down on his good fortune yet regularly at the make. In slangy, error-littered letters signed “Pal Joey,” he recounts his exploits with brash nightclub managers, shady company companions, and each lovely woman (“mouse”) he meets. Charismatic but conniving, friend Joey is a gentle operator whose bravado and large rules conceal a much much less confident soul, stuck up within the rags-to-riches dream of the Jazz Age.
Originally serialized in The New Yorker and the muse for the 1940 Rodgers and Hart musical of a similar identify and the 1957 movie starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, and Rita Hayworth, Pal Joey is the tale of a real “heel,” as advanced and noteworthy as any antihero in American literature.
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Unquote. LINDA (Tearfully making notes) convinced, ma’am? VERA Okey doke. Oh yeah. inform him I gotta speak tricky to his first spouse. She wishes extra alimony. extra alimony! (Walking, correct) She’s fortunate to be alive, that babe. good, be seeing you. (Exits. ) LINDA Be seeing you—thank you. ERNEST (As he and JOEY re-enter) . . . yet i'll have guessed to the region inch . . . Thirty-eight and 1 / 4 shoulders, left shoulder a bit of higher . . . JOEY (Paying no attention—to LINDA) Hy yuh, babe. i assume you don’t sleep on that living-room sofa any further because you received a task. LINDA No, sir. (To ERNEST) You’re to not ignore the revolver wallet during this gentleman’s fits. JOEY AND ERNEST Revolver wallet? LINDA And your spouse stated to inform you she’s going to speak difficult in your first spouse. concerning the alimony. JOEY what's this? LINDA I’ll guess you by no means ran over Skippy. I’ll guess you shot him. (Exits. ) ERNEST yet Mr. Evans . . . JOEY Ah—let it by myself. (ERNEST exits) She can’t trouble me; no one can. (Music cue. ) buddy Joey What do I take care of a dame? What do I take care of a dame? each outdated dame is similar. each rattling dame is identical. I received a destiny— A rosy destiny; you'll be yes I’ll be tops. I’m self sufficient; I’m no defendant. I’ll personal an evening membership that’s tops And I’ll be in with the police officers. What do I take care of the skirts? What do I deal with the skirts? I’ll cause them to pay ’til it hurts. allow them to submit ’til it hurts. I’m going to possess an evening membership; It’s going to be the perfect membership. For the swell gentry— It’s trouble-free I’ll put on most sensible hat and cane. In Chez Joey, They’ll pay Joey, The homosexual Joey— i will see it undeniable. (Traveler opens. ) (Ballet. ) ACT SCENE I VICTOR is status, middle, the costumes of 2 women. MICKEY is at left middle. level supervisor hi there, Scholtz! SCHOLTZ (In wings) Yeah. level supervisor Hit Gladys with a shock crimson. SCHOLTZ ok. VICTOR And while I say crimson gentle, I suggest purple. VALERIE I’ll inform him. level supervisor hello, Scholtz! SCHOLTZ Yeah. level supervisor You’ll need to increase that child once they deliver these tables at the flooring. SCHOLTZ correct. VICTOR Oh, don’t fear approximately that. We’re by no means gonna have the capacity to open this night. VALERIE I’ll inform him. VICTOR you retain your mouth close. DOTTIE (At front, with 3 ladies) is that this very well, Victor? VICTOR Come the following. Where’s Mr. Evans? (Examines costumes. ) MIKE (Entering) Don’t trouble, Joey. I acquired him slated for an interview in fifteen mins. Get your commencing quantity wiped clean up first. degree supervisor supply me the trim. SCHOLTZ ok. VICTOR Where’s Gladys? MICKEY Getting on her gown. She’ll be the following in a minute. VICTOR good, hurry her up. VALERIE I’ll inform her. (Exits. ) supply BOY (Entering with crate of eggs) wish this in right here? MIKE No, by no means brain. Take it downstairs. level supervisor Stand through and decrease that border. GLADYS (Entering, giving “Mi-Mi-Mi” with the voice. VICTOR crosses to left of her to determine her dress) Did you reserve that desk for these associates of mine? MIKE All treated. GLADYS Can they see the ground? I suggest with a telescope.