Cinema: Showbiz Sickies

The story is about girls who take all sorts of pills, but Valley of the Dolls offers only bromides. There is a bottleful to choose from, most notably: "For many years I prayed for this moment. Now that it's come, I don't feel a thing."

Viewers are also likely not to feel anything—except numbness—after ingesting this filmed version of Jacqueline Susann's wide screen novel, loose ly based on the troubles of some semi-recognizable showbiz sickies. Among them are a platinum blonde (Sharon Tate) who makes nudies to pay for her husband's stay in a sanatorium; a young singer (Patty Duke) who later...

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