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Director  Joseph Pevney
Music director  Frank Skinner
Language  English
5.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Film-Noir
Screenplay  Robert Blees
Country  United States
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Release date  April 30, 1954 (1954-04-30) (premiere-Chicago)
Writer  Robert Blees, Ray Buffum (story)
Cast  Shelley Winters (Fran Davis), Barry Sullivan (Mike Marsh), Colleen Miller (Phyllis Matthews / Miller)
Similar movies  Focus, Double Indemnity, The Big Sleep, Out of the Past, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Asphalt Jungle
Tagline  You call her a 'Playgirl'...but this girl plays for keeps!

Playgirl on the air 1984

Playgirl is a 1954 American film noir drama film directed by Joseph Pevney starring Shelley Winters, Barry Sullivan and Colleen Miller.


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Innocent and attractive Phyllis Matthews leaves her Nebraska home for New York City and an ambition to become a model. Fran Davis, a nightclub singer, welcomes her to town, where she quickly meets magazine writer Tom Bradley and his editor, Mike Marsh.

Fran is having a fling with Mike, who is married but either unable or unwilling to get a divorce. Warned about life in the big city and how different it can be, Phyllis finds out first-hand in a hurry, wealthy Ted Andrews insulting her by offering $100 to spend the night.

Phyllis's beauty gives the magazine guys an idea. They pose her for the cover of their next issue, which makes Phyllis an overnight sensation. Fran, however, becomes morose, then angry, believing Phyllis is trying to seduce both Mike and Tom, and becoming desperate about her own future. A fit of anger results in an armed Fran accidentally shooting Mike, and the scandal envelops Phyllis, ruining her reputation and new career. She leaves for home, sadder but wiser.


  • Shelley Winters as Fran Davis
  • Barry Sullivan as Mike Marsh
  • Colleen Miller as Phyllis Matthews / Miller
  • Gregg Palmer as Tom Bradley
  • Kent Taylor as Ted Andrews
  • Richard Long as Barron Courtney III
  • Jacqueline deWit as Greta Marsh
  • Dave Barry as Jonathan Hughes, Photographer
  • Philip Van Zandt as Lew Martel
  • James McCallion as Paul
  • Paul Richards as Wilbur
  • Myrna Hansen as Linda
  • Mara Corday as Pam
  • Don Avalier as Pancho
  • Carl Sklover as Cab Driver
  • Critical response

    The New York Times gave the film a mixed review, "Playgirl, at the Mayfair, is a routine, unconvincing case history about some of New York's plushier pitfalls. Shelley Winters, Barry Sullivan and a newcomer named Colleen Miller head the cast of this Universal-International drama that for all its pretensions of sophisticated insight seems as old and familiar as the very hills ... Inspired performances could hardly be expected from such contrived material, although the Blees scenario provides a smattering of pungent dialogue and one fine, ugly encounter between a sadistic restaurateur and a society weakling."


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