I caught Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm recently on Turner Classic Movies. It is a film I had often heard about but never took the chance to see. I’m glad I finally did.
SPOILERS ABOUND! (for a 58-year-old film)
After the titles by the always-wonderful Saul Bass (with Oscar-nominated music by Elmer Bernstein), the film opens with Frankie Machine (Frank Sinatra) being released from prison. A former heroin addict and dealer in illegal card games, Frankie has kicked the habit in prison and has learned to play the drums, a skill he hopes to transform into a career. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get much support from his wife, Zosh (Eleanor Parker) who clings to him desperately. Continue reading