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The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Walter Newman (screenplay), Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Frankie Machine
Eleanor Parker ... Zosh Machine
Kim Novak ... Molly
Arnold Stang ... Sparrow
Darren McGavin ... Louie
Robert Strauss ... Schwiefka
John Conte John Conte ... Drunky
Doro Merande ... Vi
George E. Stone ... Sam Markette
George Mathews ... Williams
Leonid Kinskey ... Dominiwski
Emile Meyer ... Detective Bednar
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Storyline

Frankie Machine is a skilled card dealer and one-time heroin addict. When he returns home from jail, he struggles to find a new livelihood and to avoid slipping back into addiction. Written by Mike Campanelli <mjc@rubinbaum.com>

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1956 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man with the Golden Arm See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Otto Preminger paid Columbia Pictures $100,000 to borrow Kim Novak, from which Ms Novak only received $1,000 per week. See more »

Goofs

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: I'll do anything for ya, Molly, but right now, you gotta help me. I need a shot...
Molly: You mustn't take that dirty stuff no more...
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Connections

Referenced in North and the Music of the South (2006) See more »

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Real life horror movie
14 September 2000 | by mermattSee all my reviews

Sinatra is thoroughly convincing as the addict in this grim horror story of what life is like for someone who has lost his soul to drugs. This is film noir made even more noir by the drab sets and lighting. We go through the terrifying experience of a man who is trying to escape from the monster he has placed on his own back.

Elmer Bernstein's score is a mixture of jazz and symphony that makes the addict's frightful journey even more believable to the audience.

This film opened the topic of drug addiction the way LOST WEEKEND broached the subject of alcoholism. At least people could talk about these addictions a little more freely.


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