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Happy Birthday, Frank Sinatra.

Francis Albert Sinatra
(December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998)

Was wondering what movie to feature for Frank’s 104th birthday. There are so many, and many of them are so good — On The Town (1949), From Here To Eternity (1953), Suddenly (1954), The Tender Trap (1955), Some Came Running (1958), Ocean’s 11 (1960), The Manchurian Candidate (1963), Von Ryan’s Express (1965), The Detective (1968).

In the end, I came across this great 1965 photo of Frank, his dog Ringo and a really incredible hi-fi system. Perfect.

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Blu-Ray News #241: None But The Brave (1965).

Directed by Frank Sinatra
Starring Frank Sinatra, Clint Walker, Tommy Sands, Brad Dexter, Tony Bill, Tatsuya Mihashi

None But The Brave (1965) is usually shrugged off as simply “the only picture Frank Sinatra directed,” which it is. But it’s also a pretty solid war movie, a lot better than reviews at the time would have you expecting. Two groups of soldiers, one Japanese and one American, are stranded on the same little Pacific island. They establish a pretty shaky truce in order to survive.

It was shot in Hawaii, and during production, Brad Dexter saved Sinatra (and Ruth Koch, the wife of producer Howard W. Koch) from drowning after getting caught in a riptide. In Japan, it was distributed by Toho, the Godzilla movie people. And Tommy Sands was Sinatra’s son-in-law at the time, and he’d divorce Nancy the same year.

It’s got great Panavision cinematography by Harold Lipstein. Sinatra had cinematographer William H. Daniels working as a producer, and with those two master craftsmen on board, how could it not look great? And that, for me, is why I’m so happy Warner Archive is bringing None But The Brave to Blu-Ray. It’s out next week, I think. Recommended.

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Happy Birthday, Frank!

Francis AlbertFrankSinatra
(December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998)

Frank Sinatra would’ve been 99 today. To mark the occasion, along with playing his Christmas record about 12,000 times, I’m posting the original one-sheet art for Von Ryan’s Express (1965).

Frank McCarthy’s work for this poster really knocks me out, one of my all-time favorite pieces of movie art. Click on it and it’ll get huge so you can study it.

My mom was a big Sinatra fan and really loved this movie, even though the ending always tore her up. This if for her, too.

By the way, the Blu-ray of this one looks pretty good. But they shoulda featured McCarthy’s painting on the package.


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