Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sinatra's screen work celebrated

Most people think of Frank Sinatra as a singer first and actor second. But the truth is that he was no slouch on screen, appearing in 57 motion pictures and earning many awards. MGM and Warner Home Video commemorate the 10th anniversary of the iconic singer's death with four impressive boxed sets featuring a total of 18 films. Here's a link to the article from Philly.com and a list of the movies included in the sets:

  • Frank Sinatra: The Early Years Collection ($28.99) has Sinatra honing his craft - and always singing - in the early films, Higher and Higher (1943), Step Lively (1944), It Happened in Brooklyn (1947), The Kissing Bandit (1948), and Double Dynamite (1951).

  • Frank Sinatra: The Golden Years ($29.99) includes one of Sinatra's most powerful turns, as a drug addict in Otto Preminger's harrowing The Man With the Golden Arm (1955), which co-stars Kim Novak. Other titles include Sinatra's only directorial job, the weak anti-war tale, None But the Brave (1965) and the terrific comedy The Tender Trap (1955), which co-stars Debbie Reynolds.

  • Some of Sinatra's best spins as a song-and-dance man are collected in the three-DVD Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly Collection ($22.99), which features the musical masterpiece, On the Town (1949), plus Anchors Aweigh (1945) and Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949).

  • In The Rat Pack Ultimate Collectors Edition ($59.98; not rated), Sinatra & Co. star in five of the funniest films from the early 1960s, including Ocean's 11 (1960), John Sturges' Sergeants 3 (1962), the Robert Aldrich-helmed 4 for Texas (1963), and Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964).

  • Last, but not least, the five-film Frank Sinatra MGM Movie Legends Collection ($19.99) includes two of Sinatra's most famous films, the classic indictment of McCarthyism The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and the brilliant musical Guys and Dolls (1955) teaming Ol' Blue Eyes with Marlon Brando. The boxed set also includes The Pride and the Passion (1957), Kings Go Forth (1958) and A Hole in the Head (1959).

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