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The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 16 January 1956 (Brazil)
Strung-out junkie deals with daily demoralizing drug addiction while crippled wife and card sharks continue to 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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According to screenwriter Walter Newman Preminger was interested in Montgomery Clift as Frankie Machine, but the actor was either unavailable or uninterested. See more »

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Zasha's scrapbook is titled "My Scrapbook of Fatal Accidence" (instead of "accidents"). See more »

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Frankie Machine: I'm the kind of guy, boy when I move - watch my smoke. But I'm gonna need some good clothes though.
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Fleabag settings via Hollywood, given a glossy coat and melodramatic treatment...
28 May 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Director Otto Preminger makes a valiant attempt to interject some real feeling into this adaptation of Nelson Algren's novel, but the material is ultimately far too false and the film fails to come off. Frank Sinatra plays Frankie, an ace card-dealer and poker-player coming out of a six-month stay in an institution to kick his drug habit; in the interim, he's become a good drummer and hopes to land a job with a band, but troubles with his invalid wife and the low-life neighborhood characters set him out on the precipice once again. Preminger can't seem to eke out a realistic scenario within these studio back streets, and Elmer Bernstein's blaring music undermines the nuances with Prestige! and Importance! Sinatra manages some hard-knock looks of concern and hopelessness, but his well-intentioned Frankie is a distressing creation (and, with all that talk about the "bobbysoxers" turning out for him, he's an uncomfortable sketch of the real Frankie when he was down-and-out several years prior). Glamorous Kim Novak, cast as the local working girl, is perhaps too Park Avenue for these squalid settings, however this is one of Novak's best, most subtle performances and she carries a great many scenes in the second-half. Eleanor Parker's role as Frankie's wheelchair-bound spouse is something else altogether; played on the verge of hysteria, it's a stunning portrait of a parasitic woman on the edge, needling, needy and yet aggressive. Parker appears to relish this outré role (and chews up a few scenes in the bargain)--and her big exit scene is a beauty--but in the context of this film, the performance is too hyperbolic. It's indicative of much of the writing, which walks a fine line between human drama and soap opera. This effort, pumped up for big effects, crosses that line too many times, finishing up wilted and unsatisfying. ** from ****


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