The Man with the Golden Arm [DVD] [1955]

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  • Release Date: 07/09/2015
  • Rating: NR
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The Man With the Golden Arm
When Otto Preminger was willing to release his drug-addiction drama Man With the Golden Arm without the sanction of a Production Code seal, it proved to be yet another nail in the coffin of that censorial dinosaur. Based on the novel by Nelson Algren, the film stars Frank Sinatra as Frankie Machine, expert card dealer (hence the title). Recently released from prison, Frankie is determined to set his life in order -- and that means divesting himself of his drug habit. He dreams of becoming a jazz drummer, but his greedy wife Eleanor Parker wants him to continue his lucrative gambling activities. Since Parker is confined to a wheelchair as a result of a car accident caused by Frankie, he's in no position to refuse. Only the audience knows that Parker is not crippled, but is faking her invalid status to keep Frankie under her thumb. Gambling boss Robert Strauss wants Frankie to deal at a high-stakes poker game; terrified that he's lost his touch, Frankie asks dope pusher Darren McGavin to supply him with narcotics. When McGavin discovers that Parker is not an invalid, she kills him, and Frankie (who is elsewhere at the time) is accused of the murder. He is willing to go to the cops, but he doesn't want to show up with drugs in his system. So with the help of sympathetic B-girl Kim Novak, Sinatra locks himself up and goes "cold turkey"-a still-harrowing sequence, despite the glut of "doper" films that followed in the wake of this picture. After Parker herself is killed in a suicidal fall, the path is cleared for Frankie to pursue a clean new life with Novak. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Frank Sinatra
    Frank Sinatra - Frankie Machine
  • Eleanor Parker
    Eleanor Parker - Zosch Machine
  • Kim Novak
    Kim Novak - Molly
  • Arnold Stang
    Arnold Stang - Sparrow
  • Darren McGavin
    Darren McGavin - Louis

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sinatra CAN act .....Not Just Sing...........

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    Whodathunk? Frank Sinatra does a good job as a frustrated drum player, professional card dealer, responsible, if not loving, husband to his invalid wife, while struggling to stay 'clean' from a very huge and ugly 'monkey on his back'.....a heroin drug habit he is trying desperately to shake. Great cast with surprisingly creditable performances by: Kim Novak as the sympathetic local hooker; Darren McGavin as the evil drug dealer trying to re-hook his old customer; Eleanor Parker as the wife, faking being invalid from an accident her husband caused while he was high on heroin; plus other 'low-lives' natural to his environment. Under Otto Preminger's masterful direction, an atmospherically correct backdrop is created for this unlikely cast of characters to come together and play out this very tangible drama of 'struggle against all odds'. Well done movie, well acted with a plausible story that will keep your attention until its conclusion. This movie and its subject matter was WAY AHEAD OF ITS TIME for its release in 1955!

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