Tuesday, April 19, 2011

'THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM' (watch it here)

Ain't gonna get much better than this, folks... Most don't know this, but there's a ton of movies on YouTube than can be watched for free. And they're pretty damned good to boot.

"The Man with the Golden Arm" is a gritty 1955 drama based on the novel of the same name by Nelson Algren. It centers on a heroin addict (Frank Sinatra) who gets clean while in prison, but struggles to stay that way in the outside world. It co-stars Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak, Arnold Stang and Darren McGavin.

It was adapted for the screen by Walter Newman, Lewis Meltzer and Ben Hecht (uncredited), and directed by the great Otto Preminger.

The controversial film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Sinatra for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Joseph C. Wright and Darrell Silvera for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White and Elmer Bernstein for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. Sinatra was also nominated for best actor awards by the BAFTAs and The New York Film Critics.

Great atmosphere. Great score.

Watch it below:


  1. A fantastic movie! I've seen it a few times and now you've convinced me to watch it again!

  2. I have never seen this movie-and since it is midnight am not going to start it now but I read that title and thought of my great uncle. He used to tell us this scary story/tale that he called "the man with the golden arm" every summer around our campfire and smores--they are great memories. Wonder if the movie was the basis...will have to watch it sometime. :)

  3. Yes, a great film, did not know it was a book so will be checking that out...


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