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The Man with the Golden Arm (December 15, 1955)

Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak
 

Released on December 15, 1955: (running time 1 hour and 59 minutes)

Produced by Otto Preminger

Directed by Otto Preminger

The Actors: Frank Sinatra (Frankie Machine), Eleanor Parker (Sophia 'Zosh' Machine), Kim Novak (Molly), Arnold Stang (Sparrow), Darren McGavin (Louie), Robert Strauss (Schwiefka, gambling club owner), John Conte (Drunky), Doro Merande (Vi), George E. Stone (Sam Markette), George Mathews (Williams), Leonid Kinskey (Dr. Dominiwski), Emile Meyer (Police Detective Bednar), Jared Barclay (junkie in lock-up), Leonard Bremen (cabbie in lock-up), Paul E. Burns (suspenders in lock-up), Pete Candoli (jazz musician), Herschel Graham (Club Safari Patron), Harold 'Tommy' Hart (Police Officer Kvorka), Mike Lally (Club Safari Bartender), Shelly Manne (jazz musician), Frank Marlowe (Yantek), Joe McTurk (meter reader), Frank Mills (street vagrant), Gordon Mitchell (Police officer), Jack Mulhall (jail turnkey), Ralph Neff (Chester), Norman Papson (newspaper boy), 'Snub' Pollard (street vagrant), Ernest Raboff (Bird Dog), Frank Richards (blind barfly), Suzanne Ridgway (brunette in window), Shorty Rogers (jazz musician), Jeffrey Sayre (Club Safari patron), Charles Seel (landlord), Martha Wentworth (Vangie), Will Wright (Harry Lane)

 

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The Golden Man, His Crippled Wife, and the Blonde Who Loved Him

Harry Cohn, the brutally tough movie mogul in charge of Columbia Pictures was fond of firing people on Christmas Eve. On his huge and impressive desk was always a photo of his personal hero, Benito Mussolini. He knew that a sizzling blonde actress was an important part of any successful movie studio, and he always regretted letting Marilyn Monroe go after her first six-month contract. Before Marilyn he had exploited Mae West and Jean Harlow.

Without Marilyn Monroe, he groomed brunette Rita Hayworth to become his next motion picture sex kitten, but she married and divorced a string of men, and the publicity caused her box office appeal to slowly erode. Cohn declared that he needed a blonde that would do exactly what he wanted for as long as he wanted, until he and the movie-going public was through with her.

In 1953 Marilyn Novak was on a college break when she and two of her friends decided to go to Hollywood, and just for kicks, stand in line to become extras in a motion picture. Marilyn Novak was used as an extra in the Jane Russell movie “The French Line,” and a sharp agent got her a screen test and introduced her to Harry Cohn, soon after he declared that he would hire and train the first blonde that entered his office.

Harry Cohn controlled everything that his new star Marilyn Novak would say, do, and be surrounded with. Marilyn wouldn’t do as a first name, so she became Kim Novak. He decided that she should have a unique gimmick to help make her famous, so, despite her disdain for the color lavender, he insisted that any time she had star quarters while making a movie, her suite would have lavender bed sheets and pillows, lavender scented bath water, and a lavender telephone.

Harry even controlled her income. Otto Preminger wanted Kim Novak to be in this movie, and he paid Harry Cohn one hundred thousand dollars for that privilege. In return, Harry Cohn paid Kim Novak $750 a week while acting in this movie for Otto Preminger. Cohn paid her pennies for work that was earning him millions. For the movie ‘Jeanne Eagels,’ Jeff Chandler was paid two hundred thousand dollars, but co-star Kim Novak was only paid thirteen thousand dollars. Kim Novak would eventually go public with her salary stories in a Time Magazine expose, and Harry Cohn would become terribly angry with the star that he could no longer control with an iron fist.

In this independent production that would be released without the blessing or seal of approval of the Hayes censoring office, Kim Novak is the ‘other woman’ in the life of a drug addicted gambler played by Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra would be nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award, and the movie would also get Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Music. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Arnold Stang
Arnold Stang
Arnold Stang, Darren McGavin
Arnold Stang, Darren McGavin
Arnold Stang, Doro Merande
Arnold Stang, Doro Merande
Arnold Stang, Frank Sinatra
Arnold Stang, Frank Sinatra
Arnold Stang, Frank Sinatra
Arnold Stang, Frank Sinatra
Arnold Stang, Harold 'Tommy' Hart
Arnold Stang, Harold 'Tommy' Hart
Arnold Strang, Frank Sinatra
Arnold Strang, Frank Sinatra
Charles Seel, Doro Merande
Charles Seel, Doro Merande
Darren McGavin
Darren McGavin
Darren McGavin, Eleanor Parker
Darren McGavin, Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker, Frank Sinatra
Eleanor Parker, Frank Sinatra
Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker
Emile Meyer
Emile Meyer
Emile Meyer, Kim Novak
Emile Meyer, Kim Novak
Emile Meyer
Emile Meyer
Frank Richards, Arnold Stang
Frank Richards, Arnold Stang
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra, Darren McGavin
Frank Sinatra, Darren McGavin
Frank Sinatra, Darren McGavin
Frank Sinatra, Darren McGavin
Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak
Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak
Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra's eyes
Frank Sinatra's eyes
George E. Stone
George E. Stone
George Matthews, George E. Stone
George Matthews, George E. Stone
Jared Barclay
Jared Barclay
John Conte
John Conte
John Conte
John Conte
Kim Novak
Kim Novak
Kim Novak, Frank Sinatra
Kim Novak, Frank Sinatra
Kim Novak
Kim Novak
Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak
Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak
Kim Novak, Frank Sinatra
Kim Novak, Frank Sinatra
Leonid Kinskey, Eleanor Parker
Leonid Kinskey, Eleanor Parker
Robert Strauss, Frank Sinatra, Darren McGavin
Robert Strauss, Frank Sinatra, Darren McGavin
Will Wright
Will Wright