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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 »
User Reviews:
Gripping study of addiction See more (71 total) »

Cast

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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 ... Bit (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)
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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:
The movie's poster was as #14 of "The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever" by Premiere.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Frankie returns to his apartment after his release, the top edge of the set and the studio lights are clearly visible as the camera pans across the room.See more »
Quotes:
Frankie Machine:Guy teaches me drumming down there, says I'm a natural, arms made of pure gold.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Room 101: Episode #11.5" (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jazz sequencesSee more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Gripping study of addiction, 12 December 2005
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

Otto Preminger's "The Man with the Golden Arm" is a reference to heroin addiction - something that must have been rather risky to film back in 1955, fifty years ago (the censors today STILL have a problem with drug content in films!).

The lead role was originally offered to Marlon Brando, then snatched by Frank Sinatra before Brando could respond. Sinatra convincingly portrays a pro card dealer and ex-heroin addict who returns home to the city only to find himself battling the demons of temptation.

Preminger is one of my favorite directors (his "Anatomy of a Murder" starring James Stewart is a brilliant and revolutionary courtroom drama). Preminger pretty much helped change the face of cinema back in the '50s - "Anatomy of a Murder" was extremely controversial when it came out due to both its plot and content (references to rape, women's "panties," seduction, etc.) and "The Man with the Golden Arm" deals with a topic that is equally volatile.

However, Preminger pulls it off without becoming exploitative. This is like a forerunner to "The Panic in Needle Park" (1971) and bears more than a few similarities in terms of general motifs to the classic Billy Wilder movie "Lost Weekend," starring Ray Milland. These three films in particular are probably the best movies about alcoholism predating the 1980s and still remain relevant today.

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