Saturday, December 12, 2015

Frank Sinatra 100 -- December 12, 2015

Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey on 12-December-1915.  His father was Sicilian and his mother was Genovese.  An old Italian would tell you that this explains a lot.

I appreciated his movies before I appreciated his music.  MGM put him in several musicals.  My favorite is On the Town.

"The House I Live In" is a one reeler which makes a statement against prejudice in general and antisemitism in particular.
Sinatra did not star in 1953's From Here to Eternity, but it helped to bring him back from a low point in his career.
In 1954, Sinatra played an assassin in Suddenly.  He was convincing.
In 1962, Sinatra tried to stop an assassin in The Manchurian Candidate, which he also produced.  It was a wonderful movie which wasn't shown for a long time. 

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