I was watching “Pal Joey” on TCM this week . . . Pretty awful and lifeless. The high point was the wonderful Barbara Nichols, who played a cheap, gum-chewing stripper with all the zest of five Miss Mazeppas.
Got me thinking how the 1950s and early '60s seemed to be the last great flowering of the floozie and the doxie . . . There were some great ones, too: Joan Shawlee (Sweet Sue in “Some Like It Hot,” Pickles Sorrell in “The Dick Van Dyke Show”), Janis Paige, Jean Carson (in the “Twilight Zone” episode “A Most Unusual Camera”), the clarion-voiced Dolores Gray . . .
The perfect Doxie wore a bubble hairdo (preferably bright gold), spike-heeled shoes, and a very tight dress. Reminds me of my dear Aunt Mary, who was a sixteen-year-old dance instructor when my much-older Uncle Bob married her aorund 1955. She taught my sister and I to cha-cha, then ran off with a gigolo and was never seen again . . .