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A somewhat uneven but still entertaining comedy-drama, The Rat Race, by director Robert Mulligan, co-stars Tony Curtis and Debbie Reynolds as Peter Hammond, Jr. and Peggy Brown, two performers who meet in New York and are thrown together by their mutual poverty. Peter arrives on a bus from the Midwest with his sax in hand and high hopes for a career. He gets a one-room walk-up and then meets Peggy, a dancer down on her luck who needs a place to stay. Ever the gentleman, Peter offers her space in his apartment and they string up a modesty curtain to divide their separate domains. But luck is not kind to Peter, right from the beginning. Some pranksters hose him down with cold water on his first trip into the city and he later gets his precious saxophone stolen by a trio of devious musicians/thieves. Peggy offers companionship in the face of difficulties, and before long the platonic relationship has distinct romantic overtones. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Tony Curtis
as Peter Hammond, Jr.
Debbie Reynolds
as Peggy Brown
Jack Oakie
as Mac
Kay Medford
as Soda
Don Rickles
as Nellie
Joe Bushkin
as Frankie
Gerry Mulligan
as Gerry
Marjorie Bennett
as Edie Kerry
Hal K. Dawson
as Man
Norman Fell
as Phone Repairman


Robert Mulligan
George Seaton
William Perlberg
Garson Kanin
Garson Kanin
Play Author
Robert Burks
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Alma Macrorie
Tambi Larsen
Art Director
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
John P. Fulton
Special Effects
Wally Westmore