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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 »
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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 »
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(86 articles)
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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:
Frank Sinatra is mentioned twice in Nelson Algren's 1949 novel on which the film is based.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the first scene between Frankie and Zosch the shadow of the camera is frequently visible as it moves around the set.See more »
Quotes:
Frankie Machine:You got any money, Molly?... I feel so sick. I hurt all over...
Molly:Jump off a roof if you're gonna kill yourself but don't ask me to help ya...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jazz sequencesSee more »

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44 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Do you think those bobbie soxers I'll really go for me?, 28 December 2004
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

(Mild Spoilers) Frankie Machine had been dealt a bad hand in life. A card dealer at an illegal gambling den in his Chicago neighborhood he was busted when the joint was raided by the cops and given six months in jail.

While behind bars Frankie was treated for his heroin addiction at the prisons hospital and learned how to play the drums as part of his rehabilitation program. Now out of prison and back in his old neighborhood Frankie is trying to put his life back together by getting a union card in the Musicians Union and then a job as a drummer in a band and put his old life behind him but instead it catches up with Frankie in no time at all in "The Man with the Golden Arm".

Otto Preminger's ground-breaking 1955 film about heroin addiction with Frank Sinatra giving the performance of his life as the drug addicted card sharp Frankie Machine, the Man with the Golden Arm. Frankie tries to getaway from the life that he lead but has this monkey or, better yet, gorilla on his back that just won't let him. Soild performances by the entire supporting cast starting with Frankie's friend Sparrow, Arnold Stang. Sparrows attempt to get Frankie back on his feet by shoplifting a suit of clothes for him ends up putting him and Frankie in the slammer, and almost back to prison, until his former boss at the gambling den Schwiefka bailed him out.

There's Frankie's psychically as well as emotionally crippled wife Zosch, Eleanor Parker, who sees that her hold on Frankie is slipping and is slowly driven to madness murder and suicide. There's Frankie's drug dealer Louie, with Darren McGavin in one of his first acting roles, who's hold on Frankie is only good as long as he stays addicted and Louie goes out of his way to make sure that he does.

There's the owner of the gambling joint that Frankie works at as it's top card dealer Schwiefka, Robert Strauss, who like Louie goes out of his way to get Frankie back to work for him even though if he's arrested again Frankie's hopes for a new and better life will go down the drain. And then there's Frankie's next-door neighbor and friend Molly, Kim Novak,who goes to almost impossible lengths to get him over his addiction by locking him up in her apartment. It's there that he goes "Cold Turkey" and almost ends up dying trying to kick the habit in one of the most harrowing sequence ever put on film.

A no holds barred movie with explosive performances by everyone involved makes "The Man with the Golden Arm" one of the great classics of realism in motion pictures coming out of the 1950's.

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