Mark Robson

Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls

Cutthroat careerism, wild sex, and fierce female protagonists are all on offer in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s sensational and wildly popular novel. Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, and Sharon Tate star as three friends attempting to navigate the glamorous, pressurized world of big-time show business—the “valley” is not a place but a narcotized state of mind, and the “dolls” are the pills that rouse them in the morning and knock them out at night. Blending old-fashioned gloss with Madison Avenue grooviness, director Mark Robson’s slick look at the early days of sexual liberation and an entertainment industry coming apart was a giant box-office hit, and has become an unforgettably campy time capsule of the 1960s.

Film Info

  • Mark Robson
  • United States
  • 1967
  • 123 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.40:1
  • English
  • Spine #835

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with 3.0 LCR DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring actor Barbara Parkins and journalist Ted Casablanca
  • New interviews with writer Amy Fine Collins about author Jacqueline Susann and the costumes in the film
  • New video essay by critic Kim Morgan
  • Footage from Sparkle Patty Sparkle!, a 2009 gala tribute to actor Patty Duke at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco
  • A World Premiere Voyage and Jacqueline Susann and “Valley of the Dolls,” two promotional films from 1967
  • Episode of the television program Hollywood Backstories from 2001 on the film
  • Screen tests
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny
    New cover by Phil Noto

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with 3.0 LCR DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring actor Barbara Parkins and journalist Ted Casablanca
  • New interviews with writer Amy Fine Collins about author Jacqueline Susann and the costumes in the film
  • New video essay by critic Kim Morgan
  • Footage from Sparkle Patty Sparkle!, a 2009 gala tribute to actor Patty Duke at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco
  • A World Premiere Voyage and Jacqueline Susann and “Valley of the Dolls,” two promotional films from 1967
  • Episode of the television program Hollywood Backstories from 2001 on the film
  • Screen tests
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny
    New cover by Phil Noto

Valley of the Dolls
Cast
Barbara Parkins
Anne Welles
Patty Duke
Neely O’Hara
Paul Burke
Lyon Burke
Sharon Tate
Jennifer North
Tony Scotti
Tony Polar
Martin Milner
Mel Anderson
Charles Drake
Kevin Gillmore
Alex Davion
Ted Casablanca
Lee Grant
Miriam
Naomi Stevens
Miss Steinberg
Robert H. Harris
Henry Bellamy
Jacqueline Susann
First reporter
Robert Viharo
Director
Joey Bishop
MC at telethon
George Jessel
MC at Grammy Awards
Susan Hayward
Helen Lawson
Credits
Director
Mark Robson
Produced by
David Weisbart
Screenplay by
Helen Deutsch
Screenplay by
Dorothy Kingsley
Based on the novel by
Jacqueline Susann
Makeup by
Ben Nye
Hairstyles by
Kay Pownall
Supervised by
Edith Lindon
Miss Parkins’s hairstyles designed by
Kenneth
Handbags by
Lewis Purses
Special photographic effects
L. B. Abbott
Special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank
Special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr.
Orchestration
Herbert Spencer
Music editor
Kenneth Wannberg
Film editor
Dorothy Spencer
Unit production manager
Francisco Day
Assistant director
Eli Dunn
Sound
Don J. Bassman
Sound
David Dockendorf
Art directors
Jack Martin Smith
Art directors
Richard Day
Set decorations
Walter M. Scott
Set decorations
Raphael G. Bretton
Choreography by
Robert Sidney
Director of photography
William H. Daniels
Gowns designed by
Travilla
Music adapted and conducted by
John Williams
Theme song sung by
Dionne Warwick
Songs
Give a Little More
Songs
It’s Impossible
Songs
Come Live with Me
Songs
I’ll Plant My Own Tree
Songs
Theme from Valley of the Dolls
Lyrics
Dory Previn
Music
André Previn

From The Current

Valley of the Dolls: This Merry-Go-Round
Valley of the Dolls: This Merry-Go-Round

The salacious sixties phenomenon of the Dirty Book made its way to the big screen in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s best seller.

By Glenn Kenny

On Film / Essays — Sep 28, 2016
Designing Valley of the Dolls
Designing Valley of the Dolls

Writer Amy Fine Collins discusses the costume designs by Travilla that are featured in Mark Robson’s 1967 melodrama.

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Sep 23, 2016
Valley of the Dolls, Back on Shelves
Valley of the Dolls, Back on Shelves

Half a century after Jacqueline Susann’s sensational novel Valley of the Dolls became a best seller, this cult-classic portrait of glamour and excess is enjoying a fabulous comeback.

On Film / Short Takes
Jul 7, 2016