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The Man with the Golden Arm ()


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

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  • Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 nominations.
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Frankie Machine
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Zosh Machine
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Molly
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Sparrow
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Louie
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Schwiefka
John Conte ...
Drunky
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Vi
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Sam Markette
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Williams
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Dominiwski
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Detective Bednar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jered Barclay ...
Junkie in Lock-Up (uncredited)
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Cabbie in Lock-Yp (uncredited)
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Suspenders in Lock-Up (uncredited)
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Jazz Musician (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ...
Club Safari Patron (uncredited)
Harold 'Tommy' Hart ...
Officer Kvorka (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Club Safari Bartender (uncredited)
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Jazz Musicvian (uncredited)
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Yantek (uncredited)
Joe McTurk ...
Meter-Reader (uncredited)
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Street Vagrant (uncredited)
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Police Officer (uncredited)
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Turnkey (uncredited)
Ralph Neff ...
Chester (uncredited)
Norman Papson ...
Newspaper Boy (uncredited)
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Street Vagrant (uncredited)
Ernest Raboff ...
Bird-Dog (uncredited)
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Blind Barfly (uncredited)
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Brunette in Window (uncredited)
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Jazz Musician (uncredited)
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Club Safari Patron (uncredited)
Charles Seel ...
Proprietor (uncredited)
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Vangie (uncredited)
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Harry Lane (uncredited)

Directed by

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Otto Preminger

Written by

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Walter Newman ... (screenplay) and
Lewis Meltzer ... (screenplay)
 
Nelson Algren ... (from the novel by)
 
Ben Hecht ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Otto Preminger ... producer

Music by

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Elmer Bernstein

Cinematography by

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Sam Leavitt ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Louis R. Loeffler

Editorial Department

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Tony de Zarraga ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Joseph C. Wright ... (as Joe Wright)

Set Decoration by

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Darrell Silvera

Makeup Department

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Hazel Keats ... hair stylist
Ben Lane ... makeup artist
Helene Parrish ... hair stylist
Bernard Ponedel ... makeup artist
Jack Stone ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Jack McEdward ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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James Engle ... assistant director
Horace Hough ... assistant director

Art Department

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Saul Bass ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Jack Solomon ... sound engineer

Stunts

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Paul Baxley ... stunts (uncredited)
Martha Crawford ... stunt double: Eleanor Parker (uncredited)
Helen Thurston ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Joe King ... wardrobe: men
Mary Ann Nyberg ... costume supervisor
Adele Parmenter ... wardrobe: women

Music Department

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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)
Arthur l Frantz ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Jack Hayes ... arranger (uncredited)
Milt Holland ... musician: percussionist (uncredited)
Shelly Manne ... musician (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... arranger (uncredited)
Fred Steiner ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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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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  • RCA (sound system)

Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • L'homme au bras d'or (France)
  • Der Mann mit dem goldenen Arm (Germany)
  • L'home del braç d'or (Spain, Catalan title)
  • El hombre del brazo de oro (Spain)
  • Az aranykezű férfi (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 119 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Marlon Brando was offered the role of Frankie Machine, but Frank Sinatra jumped at the opportunity and was signed before Brando could accept. See more »
Goofs In a scene very roughly 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Bass on Titles (1977). See more »
Quotes Sparrow: You all right... you know?
Frankie Machine: The monkey's gone.
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