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The Joker Is Wild ()


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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... See more »

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Joe E. Lewis
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Martha Stewart
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Letty Page
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Austin Mack
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Cassie Mack
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Swifty Morgan
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Captain Hugh McCarthy
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Georgie Parker
Leonard Graves ...
Tim Coogan
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Flora - Chorine
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Burlesque Comedian
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Sophie Tucker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Johnson (unconfirmed)
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Doorman at the Copacabana (uncredited)
Robert Asquith ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Radio Announcer on Loudspeaker (uncredited) (voice)
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Waiter (uncredited)
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Heckler at the Copacabana (uncredited)
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Man in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
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Hood (uncredited)
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Ticket Seller / Cashier (uncredited)
Jan Bradley ...
Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Judith Bradshaw ...
Chorine (uncredited)
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Las Vegas Heckler (uncredited)
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Heckler (uncredited)
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Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Florine Carlan ...
Chorine (uncredited)
Fred Catania ...
Bouncer at Silver Door (uncredited)
James Cavanaugh ...
Burlesque Straight Man (uncredited)
Edith Clair ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Audrey Conti ...
Girl in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
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Bing Crosby (uncredited) (singingVoice)
Jimmy Cross ...
Jack (uncredited)
Jann Darlyn ...
Girl in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
Joseph Donte ...
Man in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
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Chorine (uncredited)
Heidi Duval ...
Chorine (uncredited)
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Man Shaving (uncredited)
Shirley Falls ...
Flashy Blonde (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Chorine (uncredited)
Ruby Fleming ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Kathleen Gallant ...
Heckler's Wife (uncredited)
Paul Gary ...
Man in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
H.W. Gim ...
Janitor (uncredited)
Mary Gleason ...
Girl on Chair (uncredited)
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Girl in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
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Fighter (uncredited)
Reita Green ...
Chorine (uncredited)
Donna Jo Gribble ...
Chorine (uncredited)
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Doorman at the Valencia (uncredited)
John Harding ...
Johnny Allen (uncredited)
Maurice Hart ...
Man on Squawk Box (uncredited) (voice)
Ed Haskett ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Len Hendry ...
Heckler (uncredited)
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Hood with Knife (uncredited)
Paula Hill ...
Chorine (uncredited)
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Harry Bliss (uncredited)
Edward Ingram ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Dorothy Johnson ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Lorna Jordon ...
Waitress (uncredited)
Howard Joslin ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Elevator Operator / Man at Benefit (uncredited)
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Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
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Mr. Page (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ...
Man at Craps Table (uncredited)
Larry Knight ...
Dealer (uncredited)
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Chorine (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Estelle Lawrence ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ned Le Fevre ...
Austin (uncredited) (voice)
Joanna Lee ...
Chorine (uncredited)
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Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Man in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
Audrey Lowell ...
Chorine (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ...
Man at Benefit / Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Girl in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
Leon Martin ...
Man in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Oliver McGowan ...
Judge (uncredited)
Dennis McMullen ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Ron McNeil ...
Cab Driver (uncredited)
William Meader ...
Man in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
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Racetrack Runner (uncredited)
Paul Millard ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron / Man at Benefit (uncredited)
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Florist Truck Driver (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ...
Man in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
Pat Moran ...
Man at Craps Table (uncredited)
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Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Elevator Starter (uncredited)
Alan Paige ...
Man in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
Arturo Petterino ...
Maitre D' (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
William Pullen ...
Letty's Husband (uncredited)
Mabel Rea ...
Chorine (uncredited)
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Mrs. Roosevelt (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Edna Ryan ...
Chorine (uncredited)
Paul Salata ...
Hood (uncredited)
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Maitre D' (uncredited)
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Elevator Passenger / Slot Machine Player (uncredited)
David Siegel ...
Dealer (uncredited)
Billy Snyder ...
Man in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
Ann Stebbins ...
Chorine (uncredited)
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Racetrack Patron / Football Game Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Strong ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Kay Tapscott ...
Chorine (uncredited)
Harriette Tarler ...
Chorine (uncredited)
June Tolley ...
Girl in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
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Heckler (uncredited)
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Casino Patron (uncredited)
Ned Wever ...
Dr. Pierson (uncredited)
Dave White ...
Officer (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ...
Samuels - Letty's Butler (uncredited)

Directed by

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Charles Vidor

Written by

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Oscar Saul ... (screenplay)
 
Art Cohn ... (book "Life of Joe E. Lewis")

Produced by

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Samuel J. Briskin ... producer
Charles Vidor ... executive producer

Music by

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Walter Scharf

Cinematography by

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Daniel L. Fapp ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Everett Douglas

Art Direction by

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Roland Anderson
Hal Pereira

Set Decoration by

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Sam Comer
Grace Gregory

Costume Design by

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Edith Head

Makeup Department

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Nellie Manley ... hair stylist
Frank Westmore ... makeup artist
Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor

Production Management

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Harry Caplan ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lloyd Allen ... second assistant director
Charles C. Coleman ... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
James A. Rosenberger ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Charles Grenzbach ... sound recordist
Harold Lewis ... sound recordist
Howard Beals ... sound editor (uncredited)
Bill Wistrom ... sound editor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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John P. Fulton ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jordan Klein Sr. ... underwater director of photography

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Joseff-Hollywood ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
Nelson Riddle ... music arranger: songs
Walter Scharf ... conductor
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator

Script and Continuity Department

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Charles Morton ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

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Josephine Earl ... choreographer

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • All the Way (United States)
  • The Joker (United States)
  • Le pantin brisé (France)
  • La máscara del dolor (Spain)
  • Le pantin brisé (Belgium, French title)
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  • 126 min
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Trivia In real life, Danny Cohen owned the club in which Joe E. Lewis first worked. When Lewis defected for more money, Cohen gave mobster Jack "Machine Gun" McGurn (real name: Vincenzo Antonio Gebhardi), a lieutenant in Al Capone's mob, a 25% share in the club in return for his persuading Lewis to stay. McGurn's method of persuasion was the beating which Lewis received. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Paramount Presents (1974). See more »
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Quotes Joe E. Lewis: You know I wish I had a camera right now, because I could get the perfect picture of a guy with his two feet in his mouth.
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