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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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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Strange Brew, 15 August 2001
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

Rather than go on location and make a realistic film about drug addiction in the Windy City, contrarian director Otto Preminger decided to go the opposite way and make his movie appear as artificial as possible, thus flying in the face of the fashion set by men like Kazan, Huston and Zinnemann, who were making their pictures all over the world. Nelson Algren, on whose novel the movie is based, went on record as despising it. What, one wonders, was Preminger up to, and why did he do the movie this way?

The sets in the film are so minimal as to suggest a Mr. Magoo cartoon. Louie, the drug pusher, is attired as to resemble the sort of gangster the artists at Mad magazine used to draw. Arnold Stang, wonderful comedian that he was, seems out of place in a serious picture like this, and his very appearance, topped off by an exaggerated and over-sized baseball cap, elicits laughter. Robert Strauss, another actor best known for humorous roles, is likewise out of place, as his large, heavily jowled face and Runyonesque delivery of lines seems more appropriate to a Jerry Lewis movie. Against all this, stars Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak and Eleanor Parker have to work overtime to just keep the viewer from snickering. Sinatra is jittery and manic throughout, suggesting a man ill at ease with himself, hence wholly appropriate for the role of a drug addict. Miss Novak, plant-like and sublimely deadpan, is sympathetic and seems a product of the artfully dingy slums she graces in the film. Parker is pure Hollywood and very hard-working as the crippled and crafty Zosch. She is never convincing, but then neither is the film.

I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone interested in a realistic depiction of the lives of drug addicts in America. The Caligari sets alone make it unbelievable. Preminger may have been aiming for a dream effect, as the cardboard backgrounds give the proceedings the surreal feeling of a nightmare operetta, perhaps harking back to Preminger's early days in Vienna.

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