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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 »

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Oscar Saul (screenplay), Art Cohn (book)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Joe E. Lewis
Mitzi Gaynor ... Martha Stewart
Jeanne Crain ... Letty Page
Eddie Albert ... Austin Mack
Beverly Garland ... Cassie Mack
Jackie Coogan ... Swifty Morgan
Barry Kelley ... Captain Hugh McCarthy
Ted de Corsia ... Georgie Parker
Leonard Graves Leonard Graves ... Tim Coogan
Valerie Allen ... Flora - Chorine
Hank Henry Hank Henry ... Burlesque Comedian
Sophie Tucker ... Sophie Tucker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ned Glass ... Johnson (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

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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The Most Electric Performance That Ever Shocked and Fascinated an Audience! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All the Way See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

AMBL Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's name was changed to All the Way when re-released. This, after the success and popularity of the Oscar-winning song from the movie, All the Way. 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 You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.25 (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye Bye Blues
(uncredited)
Written by David Bennett, Chauncey Gray, Fred Hamm and Bert Lown
Instrumental only
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Frank Sinatra is an underrated actor!
25 September 2006 | by godsnewworldiscoming-1See all my reviews

If only this movie was available on DVD! This movie is good for those people who have had major setbacks in life, and need to start over. It reinforced in me the need to make the best of your situation in life.

Frank played the title role impeccably. I think its a travesty that his performance didn't garner him a best actor nomination. That just shows you how superior the actors of that era were in comparison to the actors of today.

Again, I'm befuddled as to why this movie is not available on DVD. Hopefully, it will be more accessible for viewers who know very little of the acting talents of old blue eyes!


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