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The Man with the Golden Arm [1955]

Director:Otto Preminger
Writer:Lewis Meltzer
Walter Newman
Composer:Elmer Bernstein
Length:119 minutes
(1 hour 59 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Strung-out junkie deals with daily demoralizing drug addiction while crippled wife and card sharks continue to pull him down.

Reaction: It's a bit odd to see Sinatra strung out and jonesing for a for a fix, but the movie's well made and intriguing.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Otto Preminger => Director
Lewis Meltzer => Writer
Walter Newman => Writer
Elmer Bernstein => Composer
Nelson Algren => Novel
Arnold Stang => Sparrow
Darren McGavin => Louie
Doro Merande => Vi
Eleanor Parker => Zosch Machine
Emile Meyer => Detective Bednar
Frank Marlowe => Yantek (uncredited)
Frank Sinatra => Frankie Machine
George E. Stone => Sam Markette
George Mathews => Williams
Harold 'Tommy' Hart => Police Officer Kvorka (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall => The Turnkey (uncredited)
John Conte => Drunky
Kim Novak => Molly
Leonid Kinskey => Dominiwski
Martha Wentworth => Vangie (uncredited)
Ralph Neff => Chester (uncredited)
Robert Strauss => Schwiefka
Shelly Manne => Himself (uncredited)
Shorty Rogers => Himself (uncredited)
Will Wright => Harry Lane (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In the original novel, Frankie is gunned down by the police. This was changed for the movie and, in fact, the movie plot is very different from that of the original novel.
  • In a conversation with [?] Robert Osborne, Frank Sinatra Jr.~ said the hands in the tight shots of Frankie's second dealing belong to Milton Berle.
  • A poster for director Otto Preminger's Carmen Jones is prominently featured on the building across the street from the saloon during the opening scene.
  • Frank Sinatra is mentioned twice in Nelson Algren's 1949 novel on which the film is based.
  • Marlon Brando was offered the role of Frankie Machine, but Frank Sinatra jumped at the opportunity and was signed before Brando could accept.
  • The movie's poster was as #14 of {The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever} by [Premiere].