Thursday, August 13, 2009

Suddenly (1954) - B&W - 77 min

“Suddenly“ a 1954 thriller starring Frank Sinatra and Sterling Hayden. A hired gun and his merry band of thugs hold a family hostage as part of plot to kill the President.

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Man with the Golden Arm (1955) - B&W - 120 min

Frank Sinatra is Frankie Machine - a recovering heroin addict, married to a crippled woman who encourages him to deal cards with his “golden“ arm. Meanwhile, he's in love with another woman (Kim Novak). Lots of really cool period jazz music - though old blues eyes doesn't sing, he does play some terrible drums, especially when he's jones-ing in a cold turkey spasm. Also of note is Elmer Bernstein's really cool jazzy music, which helps drive the film's emotional rollercoaster.

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