Screen Legends: Frank Sinatra

  |  Buy to Own: 09/10/2006
Rated TBC by the BBFC


A four-film retrospective of Frank Sinatra's second career features his debut and his most acclaimed acting roles. Sinatra's screen debut came in the 1943 film 'Higher and Higher,' in which a well-known socialite (Leon Errol) goes bankrupt. His valet (Jack Haley) hits upon a scheme to restore his fortunes and save his mansion. They persuade the scullery maid (Michele Morgan) to pose as his daughter, and then court and marry a wealthy young man - played by Sinatra. 'From Here To Eternity' (1953) made more than one movie career and garnered no fewer than eight Oscars. It was Fred Zinnemann's classic drama about Pearl Harbor on the eve of the fateful Japanese attack in which Sinatra starred as private Angelo Maggio. Maggio befriends a new recruit to the company, Pte. Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) - already an outcast for not joining the company boxing team. They receive punishment duties under the bigoted Sergeant Fatso, played by Ernest Borgnine. In 'Pal Joey' (1957) Sinatra is the titular character - a womanizing nightclub singer who arrives in San Francisco with the dream of making it big. He toys with the affections of Linda (Kim Novak), an innocent chorus girl, whilst a rich widow (Rita Hayworth) falls in love with him. She offers to finance his own nightclub if he marries her and cuts off all ties to Linda. In 'Young At Heart' (1954) Sinatra stars as Barney Sloan, a cynical, down-on-his-luck musician, who reluctantly agrees to help his composer friend Alex Burke (Gig Young) with a new comedy. However, Barney gains a new perspective on life and love when he meets Alex's irrepressibly perky fiancée, Laurie (Doris Day) - and promptly falls in love with her. A musical remake of the 1938 film 'Four Daughters', it has a score by not only the legendary Cole Porter but by George and Ira Gershwin as well.