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The Cinematic Legacy of Frank Sinatra Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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Sure, Sinatra was cast as a singer early on, hardly a stretch. By the time he called it quits, however, he had dipped a toe into just about every genre: war, westerns, thrillers, noir, comedy --- in nearly 60 movies. Sinatra was always looking to learn and improve this skill set. He credited Gene Kelly --- with whom he appeared in three musicals --- for turning him into a credible, if not comparable, dancer.
As he grew more comfortable and confident, Sinatra took on more challenging parts that were well-received by fans and critics. He won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his turn as Angelo Maggio in From Here to Eternity in 1953 and was nominated for Best Actor two years later for the titular role in The Man with the Golden Arm. He also starred in such notable movies as the original version of The Manchurian Candidate, The Tender Trap, Pal Joey and Some Came Running, to name just a few, as well as his “Rat Pack” oeuvre, including Ocean’s 11 and Robin and the 7 Hoods, where he was able to work with chums like Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.
Many of his cinematic contemporaries praised him for being generous with his time, belaying their fears of working with someone who had achieved legendary status in the music world.Read more ›