Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is ... See full summary »
Frank Sinatra plays Joe E. Lewis, a famous comedian of the 1930s-50s. When the movie opens, Lewis is a young, talented singer who performs in speakeasies. When he bolts one job for another,... See full summary »
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Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is able to share a place with Nick, the janitor of his old High School, and get a job as a singer in a music store. He also meets Leo, a talented pianist and his teacher Anne, whose dream is to singing Opera. When Jamie arrives from England, Danny tries to show him the Brooklyn experience and help him compose modern swing music. Together, these four also try to help Leo get the Brooklyn Music scholarship. Written by
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The unit patch on Danny's uniform jacket is that of the 84th Infantry Division, formerly known as the 84th Division (Institutional Training) and nicknamed "The Railsplitters." The nickname derives from the divisional tradition that the unit traces its lineage back to the Illinois militia company in which Abraham Lincoln (known as "the Railsplitter") served. See more »
While in Dobson's music store, Frank Sinatra plays the piano and sings a love song. After the song is over he turns to face the students who were listening to him. The knot on his neck tie has changed its pattern. See more »
It occurs in the cafe scene in "It Happened in Brooklyn." Sinatra joins Katherine Grayson in the famed duet, "La ci darem la mano" from Mozart's "Don Giovanni." What a novelty--and the two don't do too badly together, though the presentation is somewhat in a buffo style.
It points up the fact that Sinatra was born to be a singer; indeed, if he'd been endowned with an operatic vocal instrument, he probably would have been an opera singer. In fact, when he was coming out of his Palm Springs "retirement" to return to the stage, he reportedly got Met Opera baritone Robert Merrill to coach him. And in his latter days, became quite of fan and friend of Pavarotti and the "other two tenors." He also recorded Brahm's "Lullaby," (which he featured in "Anchors Aweigh") and an impressive "Soliloquy" from "Carosel."
There's just no doubt about it: the man loved to sing. In his second major musical for MGM, "It Happened in Brooklyn" Sinatra solos in some marvelous songs by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, including "Time After Time," "It's the Same Old Dream," and "The Brooklyn Bridge," while Grayson reprises the first and is featured in the complete "Bell Song" from Delibes' opera, "Lakme." Grayson is also featured in an novel arrangement based on Bach's "Two-Part Invention in F Major," featuring a children's choir and strings. Other delights are "I Believe" and "It's Gotta Come from the Heart," in which the "Ol' Snazolla," Jimmy Durante, joins Frankie for a comic romp.
With all these tunful treats, plus fine support from Peter Lawford and Gloria Graham, one would think this musical were a blockbuster. Not really so, surprisingly. It seems to be a case of the parts not quite equalling the whole. However, it's still a personal favorite, as these musical selections are just plain fun to hear and enjoy. So "It Happened in Brooklyn" is a staple in my video collection, which I replay with great pleasure and downright good fun.
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