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PAYDAY chronicles 36 hours in the life of a minor country-and-western singer called Maury Dann, a sort of Orpheus pretending who boozes, wenches pops pills and passes along the old payola. As played and sung by Rip Torn —eyes bulging, teeth bared until they look like a couple of upended harmonicas—he seems less gifted in music than m hog calling. Like A Face in the Crowd, Payday tries hard to be about the spiritual bankruptcy of American life, but Director Daryl Duke emulates only the hysteria, not the theatrical fervor, of the 1957 Kazan...

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