Tuesday, December 15, 2015

My Favorite Frank Sinatra movie: SOME CAME RUNNING



Frank was never better than when he was cynical, a little mean, and ultimately the wounded warrior. Shirley acted up a storm in this one too.  Great stuff.


What's yours?

17 comments:

George said...

I'm with you on SOME CAME RUNNING. Sinatra was at the top of his game in this one!

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

I do like this film despite its remarkably dated sexual politics. I think my favourite Sinatra performance is probably to be found in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

Bill Crider said...

Definitely one of my faves, and I did an Overlooked Movies post on it a while back. Dean's great, too.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Dean is great.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I doubt Sinatra was ever in a film with progressive sexual politics, Sergio. It probably veers between awful and frightening.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I like this and THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE too. Also SUDDENLY, which is definitely ripe for a Forgotten Movies post.

Interesting that so far no one has mentioned his Oscar-winning role in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.

pattinase (abbott) said...

SUDDENLY is excellent. I guess I think of FHTE as more Lancaster and Kerr.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Me too. I'd read about SUDDENLY but when I saw it (in the 80's) was still surprised at how good, and timely, it seemed.

Joe said...

Even though there are a bunch including Candidate, Man with the Golden Arm & Eternity, I have a soft spot for The Joker Is Wild, the story of nightclub performer Joe E. Lewis. Lewis was a friend of Sinatra and this was a passion project for Frank. It also gives us All The Way and Chicago (Toddling Town). It plays to all Sinatra's strengths

Joe said...

Even though there are a bunch including Candidate, Man with the Golden Arm & Eternity, I have a soft spot for The Joker Is Wild, the story of nightclub performer Joe E. Lewis. Lewis was a friend of Sinatra and this was a passion project for Frank. It also gives us All The Way and Chicago (Toddling Town). It plays to all Sinatra's strengths

Charles Gramlich said...

Don't believe I've ever watched a Sinatra movie

pattinase (abbott) said...

Joe-Not sure I have ever seen that one.
Charles-I think we live in two different worlds sometimes.

Mathew Paust said...

MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, hands down, for me, too. He was good in a different way in his comeback role, which revived his dying career, as Maggio in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. As I recall, SUDDENLY, was redone years later as DESPERATE HOURS, with Bogie in the Sinatra role. No way could Sinatra ever top Bogart.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Suddenly is a different one about a guy waiting to assassinate someone on a train coming through a small town.

Barry Ergang said...

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM is another excellent Sinatra performance.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I am fairly sure I have never seen it.

Elgin Bleecker said...

Yes, “Some Came Running” is a good movie, and quite different from the book with Sinatra, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine as the main characters. There are also moments in Sinatra films, just a few minutes, that are great in not-so-great movies, for instance: The opening of “The Tender Trap,” when Sinatra as Sinatra walks toward the camera singing the title song; The Sinatra-Crosby duet in “High Society;" Dancing with Gene Kelly in “Anchors Away.”