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The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by Otto Preminger and produced by Otto Preminger.

Academy Awards 1955 --- Ceremony Number 28 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorFrank SinatraNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Joseph C. Wright; Set Decoration: Darrell SilveraNominated
Best Music - ScoringElmer BernsteinNominated

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The Side Effects of ‘The Man With the Golden Arm’ (Otto Preminger, 1955)

By Virginie Pronovost on Nov 19, 2018 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

I first expressed a certain curiosity for Otto Preminger’s The Man With the Golden Arm when I saw that Saul Bass tribute made by google doodle. I then heard it was one of Frank Sinatra’s best performances (Oscar-nominated and all that). It was actually on my to-watch list for quite a lon... Read full article

The Man with The Golden Arm (1955)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 22, 2018 From 4 Star Films

Everybody’s habitual something ~ Kim Novak as Molly Otto Preminger was the creator of a number of important “issue pictures” because he dared deal with themes that others had shied away from,?mostly in part because of the production codes that ruled Hollywood well into the 1960s. T... Read full article

The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

By Beatrice on Feb 19, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Man with the Golden Arm Directed by Otto Preminger Written by Walter Newman and Lewis Meltzer from the novel by Nelson Algren 1955/USA Otto Preminger Films/Carlysle Productions First viewing/Amazon Instant #307 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Molly: Jump off a roof if you’re ... Read full article

The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)

on Jan 21, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

In the wake of World War II and continuing well into and beyond the Vietnam War, the question of drug use among men was a hot-button topic that Hollywood hadn’t really dealt with any sense of gravity. With the horrors of the war coming into focus and being dealt with, Hollywood saw a wave of s... Read full article

The Man with the Golden Arm (Otto Preminger, 1955)

By Judy on Jan 27, 2014 From Movie Classics

Frankie looking in through the bar window This is a fairly short piece – there are many in-depth reviews on the net about this ground-breaking drama, and I can’t compete here, but just wanted to add a few thoughts to the mix. Otto Preminger’s famous work is definitely a film to see... Read full article

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Frankie Machine: Guy teaches me drumming down there, says I'm a natural, arms made of pure gold.

Frankie Machine: You mean just stop? Cold turkey? You don't understand! The pain...

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

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Facts about

Frank Sinatra is mentioned twice in Nelson Algren's 1949 novel on which the film is based.
Marlon Brando was offered the role of Frankie Machine, but Frank Sinatra jumped at the opportunity and was signed before Brando could accept.
The Motion Picture Association of America originally refused to issue a seal for this movie because it shows drug addiction. The next year the production code was changed to allow movies to deal with drugs, kidnapping, abortion and prostitution. The film was eventually assigned certificate no. 17011.
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