A talented cast with two Oscar-winning actresses (Patty Duke as Hollywood's Neely O'Hara and Susan Hayward as Broadway veteran Helen Lawson), one future Oscar-winning actress (Lee Grant) good original songs, fabulous fashions and memorable dialogue that is still quoted today. Put that all together and what have have you got? Just like Snakes on a Plane, one of the most brilliantly bad yet entertaining guilty pleasure movies ever made. It's 20th Century Fox's Valley of the Dolls, based on the sizzling best-seller by Jacqueline Susann. This was a showbiz trash-with-flash novel that became a big, glossy trash-with-flash movie released in 1967. The filmmakers seemed determined to make a product that would inspire future generations of drag queens.
For fun, I rented this deluxe special edition Valley of the Dolls DVD.
The famed singer and movie icon was fired and replaced with Susan Hayward.