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The Joker Is Wild (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Musical | October 1957 (USA)
Frank Sinatra plays Joe E. Lewis, a famous comedian of the 1930s-50s. When the movie opens, Lewis is a young, talented singer who performs in speakeasies. When he bolts one job for another,... See full summary »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Joe E. Lewis
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Letty Page
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Austin Mack
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Swifty Morgan
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Captain Hugh McCarthy
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Georgie Parker
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Tim Coogan
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Flora - Chorine
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Frank Sinatra plays Joe E. Lewis, a famous comedian of the 1930s-50s. When the movie opens, Lewis is a young, talented singer who performs in speakeasies. When he bolts one job for another, the mob boss who owns the first speakeasy has his thugs try to kill Lewis. Lewis survives, but his vocal cords are cut and he cannot sing. Several years later, his buddy tracks him down and tries to help him with little success. That attempt, though, leads to Lewis meeting Letty Page (Jeanne Crain). They fall in love and she inspires him to follow up on an offer to become a comedian (a result of his buddy's failed attempt to rejuvenate his singing career). Lewis has problems, though. The assault that nearly cost him his life also helped turn him into an alcoholic and an inveterate gambler. These two character defects become the basis for his act and help to make him a smash success. Unfortunately, they also work to wreak havoc in his personal life. Written by David Oboyski

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Another Academy Award Performance! See more »

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Drama | Musical

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Trivia

In real life, Danny Cohen owned the club in which Joe E. Lewis first worked. When Lewis defected for more money, Cohen gave mobster Jack "Machine Gun" McGurn (real name: Vincenzo Antonio Gebhardi), a lieutenant in Al Capone's mob, a 25% share in the club in return for his persuading Lewis to stay. McGurn's method of persuasion was the beating which Lewis received. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end, when Joe is receiving a pep talk from his "reflection" in the store glass window, his real reflection briefly appears beside it, thus revealing two reflections; one speaking, the other silent. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Head of the Class: The Joker Is Wild (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
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Written by Fred Fisher
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Frank at his best
24 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was frank Sinatra's best ever film and performance, but does not seem to get the publicity of some of his other musical films, like pal joey, high society, etc, even in franks biographies there is very little mentioned, also all thru the film, the theme of "chigaco" (which seemed to be joey lewis's theme song,) and yet frank did not sing it in the film, when the single record of "all he way" was released "chicago" was the b side, was it cut because the film was too long? I have read that the fabulous Mitzi Gaynor did a great dance to frank singing "chigaco" does anyone know if this is true, also does anyone know if the full uncut version is out there somewhere.On the film frank gave a solid performance, and I read somewhere that he cast the film, if he did he had immaculate taste.


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