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The Man with the Golden Arm -- Otto Preminger extracts a powerful performance from Frank Sinatra as Frankie Machine, a former drug addicted card dealer just out of detox.

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Director:
Writers:
Walter Newman (screenplay) and
Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
16 January 1956 (Brazil) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Strung-out junkie deals with daily demoralizing drug addiction while crippled wife and card sharks continue to pull him down. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A film about moving on. See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frank Sinatra ... Frankie Machine

Eleanor Parker ... Zosch Machine

Kim Novak ... Molly

Arnold Stang ... Sparrow

Darren McGavin ... Louie

Robert Strauss ... Schwiefka
John Conte ... Drunky
Doro Merande ... Vi

George E. Stone ... Sam Markette
George Mathews ... Williams
Leonid Kinskey ... Dominiwski
Emile Meyer ... Detective Bednar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jered Barclay ... Junkie in Lock-Up (uncredited)
Leonard Bremen ... Cabbie in Lock-Yp (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Suspenders in Lock-Up (uncredited)

Pete Candoli ... Jazz Musician (uncredited)
Harold 'Tommy' Hart ... Officer Kvorka (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Club Safari Bartender (uncredited)

Shelly Manne ... Himself (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Yantek (uncredited)
Joe McTurk ... Meter-Reader (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Street Vagrant (uncredited)

Gordon Mitchell ... (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall ... Turnkey (uncredited)
Ralph Neff ... Chester (uncredited)
Norman Papson ... Newspaper Boy (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Street Vagrant (uncredited)
Ernest Raboff ... Bird-Dog (uncredited)
Frank Richards ... Blind Barfly (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Brunette in Window (uncredited)

Shorty Rogers ... Himself (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Club Safari Patron (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... Proprietor (uncredited)
Martha Wentworth ... Vangie (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Harry Lane (uncredited)

Directed by
Otto Preminger 
 
Writing credits
Walter Newman (screenplay) and
Lewis Meltzer (screenplay)

Nelson Algren (from the novel by)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler 
 
Production Design by
Joseph C. Wright  (as Joe Wright)
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
 
Makeup Department
Hazel Keats .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup artist
Helene Parrish .... hair stylist
Bernard Ponedel .... makeup artist
Jack Stone .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jack McEdward .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Engle .... assistant director
Horace Hough .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Solomon .... sound engineer
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Martha Crawford .... stunt double: Eleanor Parker (uncredited)
Helen Thurston .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Almond .... lighting technician
Albert Myers .... camera operator
Morris Rosen .... head grip
Eugene Kornman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... wardrobe: men
Mary Ann Nyberg .... costume supervisor
Adele Parmenter .... wardrobe: women
 
Editorial Department
Tony de Zarraga .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leon Birnbaum .... music editor
Shorty Rogers .... musician: jazz sequences
Shorty Rogers and His Giants .... musician: jazz sequences (as Shorty Rogers and his Giants)
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... arranger (uncredited)
Milt Holland .... musician: percussionist (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... arranger (uncredited)
Fred Steiner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... title designer
Kathleen Fagan .... script supervisor
Otto Preminger .... presenter
Max Slater .... assistant to producer (as Maximilian Slater)
Jack Entratter .... technical advisor (uncredited)
David Haft .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
119 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:TV-14 | USA:Approved (PCA #17011) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
Except for a few exteriors on the RKO backlot, the entire movie was shot on a soundstageSee more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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 »
Quotes:
Frankie Machine:Right now I need a fix. Just one fix to help me stop hurting'...
[Molly suggests he quit using]
Frankie Machine:You mean just stop? Cold turkey? You don't understand... the pain...
Molly:What else can you do?
Frankie Machine:All I need is one shot, just one.
Molly:All right.
[She takes money from a drawer]
Molly:Here. Take it. Go on and take it all. Cause all that you're gonna need after that one shot is another and then another and then another. Take it.
[She throws her money at him]
Molly:Take it. Why should you hurt like other people hurt? Yeah, so you had a dog's life with never a break. Why try to face it like most people do? No, just roll up all your pains into one big hurt and then flatten it with a fix.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tapang sa tapang (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jazz sequencesSee more »

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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A film about moving on., 14 September 2004
Author: bennygillespie from Los Angeles

I loved that this movie takes place on an imaginary block of an imaginary city. You could say the streets represents a state of mind just like the title of

Chinatown did two decades later. Here degeneracy and addiction are the

norm. This place sucks you in and wont let go. It's here that Sinatra must face his demons when he returns home after getting clean at a rehab clinic. The film ends up being just as much about moving on from the past as it does about drug addiction.

Sinatra's junky is a bit amorphous, we never really learn whether he grew up here or what led him to his addictions. However, the story is strong and told with a nice brisk pace. There are some real memorable moments (the Gambling

sequence, Frankie coming off smack, etc). Preminger's direction is great, some subtle camera work adds a lot to a number of scenes. Elmer Berstein's score

and Saul Bass' titles perfectly set the mood. Overall, an endearing film you should check out.

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