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The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 16 January 1956 (Brazil)
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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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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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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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Novelist Nelson Algren initially sold the screen rights to John Garfield's company. Although a script was developed, the actor's sudden early death allowed Otto Preminger to acquire the rights. See more »

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In a scene about twenty minutes in, as the camera exits the bar following Frankie, the jukebox can be seen to slide out of the way of the camera at the bottom of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Frankie Machine: Guy teaches me drumming down there, says I'm a natural, arms made of pure gold.
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Referenced in Tapang sa tapang (1997) See more »

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"C'mon, One Hustler To Another."
22 October 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Man With a Golden Arm was one of a trio of great films around that same time that dealt with drug addiction. The other two were Monkey On My Back and A Hatful of Rain. But I think of the three this one is the best.

Maybe if Otto Preminger had shot the thing in the real Chicago instead of those obvious studio sets the film might have been better yet. Who knows, maybe Preminger couldn't get enough money to pay for the location. It's the only flaw I find in the film.

Frank Sinatra is a heroin addicted card dealer who was busted for covering for his boss Robert Strauss when the game was raided. He took the cure while in jail and wants a new life as a jazz drummer. But a whole lot of people are conspiring against him.

First Bob Strauss who wants him back dealing, especially because a couple of heavyweight gamblers are in town. He uses a few underhanded methods to get Sinatra's services back. Secondly Darren McGavin is the local dope dealer who wants Sinatra good and hooked as a customer again. And finally Eleanor Parker his clinging wife who's working a con game to beat all, just to keep him around.

Frank Sinatra got a nomination for Best Actor for this film, but lost to Ernest Borgnine in Marty. Sinatra might have won for this one if he hadn't won for From Here to Eternity in the Supporting Actor category a few years back and that Marty was such an acclaimed film in that year. His scenes going through withdrawal locked up in Kim Novak's apartment will leave you shaken.

Eleanor Parker does not get enough credit for her role. She's really something as the crazy scheming wife who wants Sinatra tied to her no matter what the cost. If she had not been nominated that same year for Interrupted Melody, she might have been nominated for this. 1955 marked the high point of her career.

Darren McGavin got his first real notice as the very serpentine drug peddler. His performance is guaranteed to make your flesh crawl.

Elmer Bernstein contributed a great jazz score to accentuate the general dinginess of the bleak Chicago neighborhood the characters live in. Not a place you'd want to bring up your family.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1956 (Brazil) See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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