film version of the Neil Simon Broadway musical
. Stars Shirley MacLaine
as Ms. Charity Hope Valentine
, and features Ricardo Montalban
, Sammy Davis, Jr.
, Stubby Kaye
, and Chita Rivera
is a sympathetic, but tragically flawed character: neurotic liar, longing for traditional romance
while she throws herself away on any joe who shows interest. While all the musical numbers are brilliantly choreographed, some seem to drag on a bit too long, and emotional engagement is lacking (most notably during Big Spender
). I saw the VHS videotape version; the laserdisc release is supposed to have the alternate "happy ending" scenes in addition to the official tragic cut.