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The Man with the Golden Arm1955

  • 3.8
Otto Preminger extracts a powerful performance from Frank Sinatra as Frankie Machine, a former drug addicted card dealer just out of detox and trying to establish a new career as a jazz drummer. Back in his old neighborhood Frankie finds it difficult to stay clean faced with the pressures of his emotionally distressed wife played by Eleanor Parker, his need to earn a living and the fear of his past addiction.

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A blast from the past. By today's standards, this film is dated, but at the time of its release, "The Man With The Golden Arm" was nitroglycerin mixed with celluloid, playing at your friendly neighborhood theatre. Here was a major Hollywood production, and a major star--Frank Sinatra--that dared to explore a world considered Taboo on the list of the Production Code Authority: the day-to-day struggles of a drug addict trying to stay clean. Several aspects of this production stand out today. Elmer Bernstein's bold, swaggering jazzscore, and the groundbreaking title animation by the incomperable Saul Bass. Both are as vivid and and dynamic today as they were in 1955.

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So much fun. I think this is my favorite Frank Sinatra. His crooning has never done a thing for me, but I like his acting. I love the pusher actually delivering the heroin right into his arm. Such a funny view of addiction. Still a well acted and well done movie that stands up 60 years later. That is something.

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I have heard about this one for years but never seen it. I honestly do not know why it is remembered as an important film. If there is anything here, I missed it.

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In it's time, this was a groundbreaking movie, a major Hollywood feature that focused on the issue of drug addiction. By today's standard's it's a story that seems outdated and riddled with clichés, but in '55, it was quite controversial