New York Film Locations

The Rat Race (1960)

Last Updated: May 2014

Peter Hammond, Jr. (Tony Curtis) and Peggy Brown (Debbie Reynolds) are two performers who meet in New York and are thrown together by their mutual poverty. Peter arrives on a bus from the Midwest with his sax in hand and high hopes for a career. He gets a one-room walk-up and then meets Peggy, a dancer down on her luck who needs a place to stay. Ever the gentleman, Peter offers her space in his apartment and they string up a modesty curtain to divide their separate domains. But luck is not kind to Peter, right from the beginning. Some pranksters hose him down with cold water on his first trip into the city and he later gets his precious saxophone stolen by a trio of devious musicians/thieves. Peggy offers companionship in the face of difficulties, and before long the platonic relationship has distinct romantic overtones.

Times Square (Broadway, 7th Avenue, West 42nd and 47th Streets) Manhattan.


West 42nd Street (btw 7th and 8th Avenues) Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: Hotel Dixie has since been demolished and changed to the Hotel Carter.

Hotel, 240 West 43rd Street (btw 7th & 8th Avenues) Manhattan.


Broadway (btw West 49th and 50th Streets) Manhattan.



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