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The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 16 January 1956 (Brazil)
A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.

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Frankie Machine is a skilled card dealer and one-time heroin addict. When he returns home from jail, he struggles to find a new livelihood and to avoid slipping back into addiction. Written by Mike Campanelli <mjc@rubinbaum.com>

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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. See more »

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At the start of the the scene where Frankie is forced to return to card-dealing, the boom mic can be seen near the light fixture. See more »

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Frankie Machine: I'll do anything for ya, Molly, but right now, you gotta help me. I need a shot...
Molly: You mustn't take that dirty stuff no more...
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Referenced in Daddy-O (1958) See more »

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Real life horror movie
14 September 2000 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Sinatra is thoroughly convincing as the addict in this grim horror story of what life is like for someone who has lost his soul to drugs. This is film noir made even more noir by the drab sets and lighting. We go through the terrifying experience of a man who is trying to escape from the monster he has placed on his own back.

Elmer Bernstein's score is a mixture of jazz and symphony that makes the addict's frightful journey even more believable to the audience.

This film opened the topic of drug addiction the way LOST WEEKEND broached the subject of alcoholism. At least people could talk about these addictions a little more freely.


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