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The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Walter Newman (screenplay), Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Frankie Machine
Eleanor Parker ... Zosh Machine
Kim Novak ... Molly
Arnold Stang ... Sparrow
Darren McGavin ... Louie
Robert Strauss ... Schwiefka
John Conte John Conte ... Drunky
Doro Merande ... Vi
George E. Stone ... Sam Markette
George Mathews ... Williams
Leonid Kinskey ... Dominiwski
Emile Meyer ... Detective Bednar
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Storyline

Frankie Machine is a skilled card dealer and one-time heroin addict. When he returns home from jail, he struggles to find a new livelihood and to avoid slipping back into addiction. Written by Mike Campanelli <mjc@rubinbaum.com>

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1956 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann mit dem goldenen Arm See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of the earliest examples of "stage" money that actually resembles the real thing being used, a situation which did not occur again in a prominent major film until Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). See more »

Goofs

When Zosh runs out onto the back beck of the apartment, she stops by a post to make her last stand. She blows her whistle and falls backward and to her right, and no post can be seen. When the scene cuts to her falling, she's now in the middle of railing with the post nowhere near her. See more »

Quotes

Sparrow: You all right... you know?
Frankie Machine: The monkey's gone.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

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Surprisingly powerful after all this time, thanks to Frank
30 October 2005 | by justincwardSee all my reviews

Frank Sinatra took this role, chewed it up with the rest of the scenery and - spat it out HIS way. TMWTGA is stagey, the ending is trite, some of the scenes need a little more cutting, but that's all. It's great entertainment from start to finish, and while you watch it you realise that Sinatra, that long-dead MOR crooner, had junkies, gangster card games and the whole US urban hustle thing in his blood - he didn't learn it from an acting coach. There are all sorts of directorial touches to keep you amused, and the (non-dated) soundtrack cooks all the way. The marathon card game beat Goodfellas, Sopranos, etc. by forty years! So it wasn't faithful to the book? What movie is? And I can't imagine it being remembered if Brando had been let loose on it; the cold turkey scenes would have been embarrassing, instead of edgy, convincing and moving with Sinatra. No-one else has mentioned the seedy, lazy, cynical cops - absolutely spot on! And Eleanor Parker would have driven *me* to smack.


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