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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Frankie Machine
... Zosh Machine
... Molly
... Sparrow
... Louie
... Schwiefka
John Conte ... Drunky
... Vi
... Sam Markette
... Williams
... Dominiwski
... Detective Bednar
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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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16 January 1956 (Brazil)  »

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Der Mann mit dem goldenen Arm  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,350,000, 31 December 1955
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Except for a few exteriors on the RKO backlot, the entire movie was shot on a soundstage See more »

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At the start of the the scene where Frankie is forced to return to card-dealing, the boom mic can be seen near the light fixture. See more »

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Schwiefka: [about prison] Well, it didn't do you no harm. Did it, Frankie? Ooh, you look good!
Frankie Machine: That's right, Schwiefka, it was a real country club...
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Referenced in North and the Music of the South (2006) See more »

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One of the best movies of the '50s
24 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is easily one of the best movies of the 1950s. Otto Preminger directed only four or five really good movies and this is one of them. Frank Sinatra gives his best performance and the music score by Elmer Bernstein is dynamite. From the opening titles (by Saul Bass) to the hysteria of drug addict Frank going cold turkey, this is a riveting movie! With Kim Novak (giving a very good performance), Eleanor Parker (giving a very bad performance) as well as Darren McGavin as the reptilian pusher and Arnold Stang as Frank's grifter pal. Beware of bad prints: this movie is in the public domain so some copies are pretty rough.


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