Film Legends Of Yesteryear: Screen Team & “Star Of The Month (June 2022)” Featuring Frank Sinatra in… Some Came Running (1958)

For my second and final post on Frank Sinatra (my June 2022 Star Of The Month), I’m going with his other 1958 film. That, of course, would be Some Came Running, which also stars Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine!

Coming Up Shorts! with… The Woody Woodpecker Polka (1951)

(available on Blu-ray as part of The Woody Woodpecker Screwball Collection from Universal Studios)

(Length: 6 minutes, 43 seconds)

Woody Woodpecker wants to get in to the barn dance for the free food, but Wally Walrus, the ticket taker, won’t let him in without paying. So, Woody decides to dress up as a lady to get in free! This one was interesting, but, at the same time, very similar to the earlier Chew-Chew Baby, with Woody dressing up as a girl to get some easy food. The main difference here is the song “The Woody Woodpecker Polka,” sung by the Starlighters during the opening credits and through part of the short itself. There are a few laughs to be had, but, at the same time, I’ve certainly seen better from Woody before this.

And Now For The Main Feature…

Recently discharged from the army, former writer David Hirsh (Frank Sinatra) finds himself on a bus to his hometown of Parkman, Indiana after a night of drinking. He discovers that he has been accompanied by Ginnie Moorehead (Shirley MacLaine), whom he had invited along in his drunken state. Still confused by everything, he gives her money to go back to Chicago and then goes off to check into a hotel. Even though he hasn’t been in Parkman for sixteen years, word gets around town that he is back, with his older brother, Frank Hirsh (Arthur Kennedy), being one of the last to find out. Frank goes to see David and tries to invite him to dinner with his family. Initially resistant to the idea, David finally agrees to join them later. In the meantime, he goes to Smitty’s Bar and Grill, where he meets gambler Bama Dillert (Dean Martin), who invites David to join him and some buddies in the back room later that evening for a game of poker. When David joins Frank at his home, they discover that Frank’s wife, Agnes (Leora Dana), has invited Professor Robert Haven French (Larry Gates) and his daughter, Gwen (Martha Hyer) to join them for dinner. David is smitten with Gwen, but she is only interested in critiquing his writing and spurns his advances. After David and Gwen part, he joins Bama for that game of poker. He finds that Ginnie has stayed in town, but has been followed there by her abusive ex, Raymond Lanchak (Steven Peck), who picks a fight with David (and loses, especially when the police get involved). The next day, Frank gets on David’s case about the fight and what it means for Frank’s reputation in town, while also admitting to paying for David’s bail. David later goes to the home of the Frenches, where he shares his unfinished story with Gwen. She likes it, and recommends that he submit it for publication. He tries to flirt with her again, but she turns him down. After several further failed attempts at romancing her, David decides to go on the road with Bama to various other cities for gambling purposes, along with Ginnie and Bama’s girlfriend. At a bar in Terre Haute, David discovers his niece, Dawn (Betty Lou Keim), who is out on a drunken binge in order to get back at her father (whom she had secretly caught making out with his secretary). David helps her get a bus ticket to go back home, advising her to avoid making any major life changes until he gets back. Throughout the trip, David unsuccessfully attempts to call Gwen, until she hears good news from the publisher about his story, and finally starts to soften up towards him. However, that is short-lived, when Ginnie comes to visit her secretly, and reveals that she had been on the trip with Dave and Bama (which causes Gwen to decide not to see David any more). Meanwhile, Bama had gotten into trouble on the trip when a sore loser gambler picked a fight with him. Although the resulting injury wasn’t serious, Bama learns from a doctor that his lifestyle needs to change because he has diabetes, which leaves David worried about his friend. With Gwen refusing to see him or go out with him, David starts to consider Ginnie, who has been there for him all along, and reluctantly decides to marry her. With this decision increasing the divide between him and Bama, not to mention all the other troubles with David’s family, will everything end in tragedy, or will they be able to come together?

With James Jones’ debut novel From Here To Eternity proving to be a best-seller with his readers and an equally big hit when adapted to the big screen, he of course wanted to keep writing. For his follow-up, he wrote Some Came Running, which was published in 1957. After seeing the success that Columbia Pictures had with the earlier film, MGM bought the film rights to Some Came Running close to a year before it was even published. When it was published (at a length of 1266 pages), it wasn’t received as well by the critics, but MGM stuck to their guns. Producer Sol C. Siegel at first pondered Glenn Ford for the starring role, but decided to go with Frank Sinatra instead (since the earlier film had been such a big hit for him in particular). Frank, in turn, brought in Dean Martin to play Bama, and suggested Shirley MacLaine for the role of Ginnie. Vincente Minelli was brought in to direct the film, and it took a lot of work to get the overly long story condensed into a shorter, more cinematic form. A lot of filming took place in Madison, Indiana at first, before returning to the soundstages to finish up the film. Upon release, it was received well critically (with several Oscar nominations, particularly Shirley MacLaine for Best Actress), and audiences took to it as well (although not enough to offset the high costs of filming it).

Honestly, it was mostly a coincidence that I ended up going with both of Frank’s 1958 movies for this month (owing as much to the idea that they were the only two films of his that I have on physical media and hadn’t reviewed yet). This was my first time seeing Some Came Running, and I have to admit that I liked it! It’s only their first film together, but Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin both work together quite well! It’s definitely more dramatic than any of their later pairings that I’ve seen, but they both show that they can handle it quite easily! Now, it really should be said that very few characters in this film are that likable, and this applies especially for the men. Frank’s David is very aggressive towards Martha Hyer’s Gwen in that he constantly ignores her rejections and her pleas to let her be. Dean’s Bama is definitely very sexist, and neither of them treats Shirley MacLaine’s Ginnie very kindly for most of the film. Honestly, Gwen and Ginnie are the only two characters for whom I really feel any sympathy. Still, I think everybody did quite well here with their performances. I will admit that I prefer some of the later, more comedic pairings for Frank and Dean, but this film is still good enough that I would recommend it highly!

What’s Old Is A New Release Again (2021) with… Some Came Running (1958)

This movie is available on Blu-ray from Warner Archive Collection utilizing a transfer from a 4K scan of the original camera negative. Put simply, it’s a typical Warner Archive Blu-ray, with good color, great detail and an image cleaned up of all scratches, dirt and debris. In short, the best way to enjoy this wonderful movie!

Film Length: 2 hours, 16 minutes

My Rating: 9/10

List Of Actor/Actress Filmographies/Collections

Kings Go Forth (1958)Frank SinatraNever So Few (1959)

Road To Bali (1952) – Dean Martin – Ocean’s 11 (1960)

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“Star Of The Month (June 2022)” Featuring Frank Sinatra in… Kings Go Forth (1958)

Now that I’m here for my first post on Frank Sinatra (my Star Of The Month for June 2022), I’m going for his 1958 war movie Kings Go Forth (based on the 1956 novel of the same name by Joe David Brown), co-starring Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood!

Coming Up Shorts! with… Wild And Woody! (1948)

(available on Blu-ray as part of The Woody Woodpecker Screwball Collection from Universal Studios)

(Length: 6 minutes, 40 seconds)

In the town of Rigor Mortis, Arizona, outlaw Buzz Buzzard has a habit of killing off every sheriff. However, Woody Woodpecker decides to take the job, and gives Buzz a run for his money! Like the earlier Woody Woodpecker short Wet Blanket Policy, this one gives Woody a very definite villain. And this time, I like the interplay between Woody and Buzz Buzzard much better! I like the various gags (including Buzz shooting the one sheriff on a golf course), and the ending was quite hilarious! I know this is one that I certainly would love to see again and again!

And Now For The Main Feature…

In World War II, a platoon of soldiers has marched into southern France. This group, led by First Lieutenant Sam Loggins (Frank Sinatra), has just had some much-needed replacement soldiers sent their way. One of these newer recruits is Britt Harris (Tony Curtis). At first, Sam doesn’t really trust him (since Britt comes from wealth and seems to get everything he wants), even when Britt helps rescue some soldiers that get injured in a minefield. However, Sam later comes to respect him when Britt single-handedly manages to help them capture a German bunker. All the men get some rest when the Colonel (Karl Swenson) learns that they’ve been under fire for a long time, and offers them some time to rest up in Nice. While exploring the area, Sam meets a young American girl named Monique Blair (Natalie Wood). They talk for a while, and Sam hopes to meet her again. She says that it will not happen, but he still leaves the offer open to meet in another week. He shows up at the arranged time and place, but she doesn’t. Instead, Sam finds himself talking to an older woman (Leora Dana), who asks him a lot of questions. Satisfied with his answers, she reveals herself to be Monique’s mother, and invites him to join them at their home. Over the next few weeks, Sam grows fonder of Monique, and proposes marriage. Monique is reluctant to accept, and reveals to him that her late father was black. This blindsides Sam, who then spends the next week agonizing over the decision of whether to go back to her or not. Much to the happiness of both Monique and her mother, he does decide to come back. Sam takes Monique out to a jazz club, where they find Britt, who joins the club’s musicians for a trumpet solo. To Sam’s dismay, Britt falls for Monique (and she for him). The next few weeks, Monique and Britt spend a lot of time together (with Sam along as the third wheel), and they eventually become engaged. While Sam doesn’t like this turn of events, he reluctantly offers his congratulations to the couple. However, when he and Britt are given a mission to sneak into a nearby town controlled by the Germans, Sam also finds out that Britt, who had submitted a marriage application to the army (at Sam’s insistence), had been hiding the fact that he was approved (and had been blaming the “delay” on the army). Sam forces Britt to tell Monique that he had no real plans to marry her, which leaves her overwrought to the point of trying to commit suicide (which she is stopped from doing). Now stuck with Britt on their mission, Sam makes it plain to him that he will try to kill him. But, with an important mission on the line, can the two get along long enough to complete it, or will they be caught by the Germans?

I first heard of the film when it was announced for Blu-ray a number of years back, and Frank’s presence in the film, plus that of Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood (whom I liked together in the 1965 comedy The Great Race) made it sound like a movie I would enjoy. I found that I enjoyed it. So far, of the four Frank Sinatra war dramas that I’ve had the chance to see (the other three being the 1959 film Never So Few and the 1965 movies None But The Brave and the not-yet-reviewed Von Ryan’s Express), I consider this one my least favorite. Frank is very good here, solidly convincing us that his character is unpopular with the ladies (a better performance than his more awkward characters from his early years at MGM), and he does equally well as a character who finds himself caring for Natalie Wood’s Monique, even after he finds out her black ancestry. I admit, him getting over his previously racist way of thinking seems a little too quick, but I blame that on the film’s writing. Both the other leads do very well here, with Tony Curtis’ Britt proving himself to be a bit of a scoundrel (but not as likeable as his character in the following year’s Operation Petticoat), and Natalie Wood doing well as the young Monique (even if, as a white Russian woman, she wouldn’t get cast in the role of a mulatto if the movie were made now), who gets too emotionally tied to Britt (making his eventual betrayal much crueler). I do think the film is at its best in the not-frequent-enough war scenes, while it drags a bit through the love story itself. Still, it’s an entertaining film that I’ve enjoyed seeing a few times, and certainly would suggest giving it a chance!

This movie is available on Blu-ray from Twilight Time (available at and on DVD from MGM.

Film Length: 1 hour, 51 minutes

My Rating: 7/10

List Of Actor/Actress Filmographies/Collections

Pal Joey (1957)Frank SinatraSome Came Running (1958)

Tony Curtis – Operation Petticoat (1959)

Marjorie Morningstar (1958) – Natalie Wood

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TFTMM Presents “Star Of The Month (June 2022)” Featuring Frank Sinatra

May is past (and with it, my tribute to the screen team of Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour). So, next up for the month of June is actor and singer Frank Sinatra (which you might have noticed if you’ve paid any attention to my homepage for the last few weeks)! As previously indicated here, I’m still not doing this as a blogathon (especially since I didn’t announce it a month ahead of time), but, if you’re interested in joining in anyways, you can still contribute if you’d like to (as long as it’s still in the month of June 2022)!

Table Of Contents

Quick Film Career Bio

Birth: December 12, 1915

Death: May 14, 1998

On December 12, 1915, Francis Albert Sinatra was born to Antonino Martino Sinatra and Natalina Garaventa in Hoboken, New Jersey. Since he had to be delivered via the use of forceps, he suffered permanent scarring on his face and a perforated eardrum. As a kid, Frank became fascinated with music, listening to many big singers (including Bing Crosby), while performing at a tavern operated by his parents and at family gatherings. He left high school before he graduated, and tried various odd jobs (mostly as a favor for his mother). With his mother’s help, he got his start when he joined a group of singers called “The Three Flashes” (which was renamed the “Hoboken Four” after he joined). However, he didn’t end up staying with them for too long. After getting employment as a singing waiter for a brief period, he signed with bandleader Harry James, whom he toured with for six months. Feeling he wasn’t getting the success there that he thought he should, he signed with the far more successful Tommy Dorsey.

It was while singing with Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra that Frank made his debut in the motion pictures (in 1941’s Las Vegas Nights). Although Frank enjoyed greater exposure with Tommy Dorsey, his contract (which entitled Dorsey to a third of Sinatra’s lifetime earnings as an entertainer) left him feeling too confined. Somehow, Frank was able to buy out his contract (the exact method isn’t fully known, leading to many conspiracies about mob connections). Not long after, Frank made history with his very successful opening at the Paramount Theater on December 30, 1942 (a feat which would be topped in 1944 when he returned for what would become the infamous “Columbus Day Riot,” so great were the hysterics of his fans who were unable to get into the theater that time). On the music front, he signed with Columbia Records in 1943. In Hollywood, he started out with RKO Studios, but quickly switched to MGM when they cast him in Anchors Aweigh (1945) opposite rising star Gene Kelly. He enjoyed several more hits at MGM before a combination of rumors about him being associated with mobsters (like Lucky Luciano) and being miscast in The Miracle Of The Bells (1948) sent his career downhill. He still enjoyed some success opposite Gene Kelly in the 1949 films Take Me Out To The Ball Game and On The Town, but they weren’t enough to save his career.

When Columbia Pictures was trying to cast their film adaption of James Jones’ novel From Here To Eternity, everybody wanted a shot at it. It took some pushing (and a willingness to take a pay cut) for Frank to get the role of Angelo Maggio, a role that would result in him winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar (and thus resurrecting his career). On the recording side, he signed with Capitol Records, where he was paired with arranger Nelson Riddle (who helped him to develop the style he would later be known for). In the movies, Frank had a few more hits in the form of Suddenly (1954) and The Man With The Golden Arm (1955) (for which he received another Oscar nomination). In the process, he started to gain power in his ability to have movies altered (like when he had the ending changed for 1954’s Young At Heart), although he didn’t gain enough power quick enough to get the coveted role of Sky Masterson in Guys And Dolls (1955). Still, through films like High Society (1956) (opposite Bing Crosby), The Joker Is Wild (1957) and Pal Joey (1957), he continued to rise to the top of the box office.

Beginning with Some Came Running (1958), he started working with Dean Martin and various other members of the Rat Pack. As an overall group, they made their first appearance together in Ocean’s 11 (1960). They continued to make movies together into the 1960s, ending with Robin And The 7 Hoods (1964). On his own, Frank continued to enjoy success in films like The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Von Ryan’s Express (1965) and None But The Brave (1965) (which he directed) before transitioning into detective films at the end of the decade. However, his popularity on the big screen was waning, with Dirty Dingus Magee (1970) being poorly received. Developing Dupuytren’s contracture in his hand, he turned down the title role in Dirty Harry (1971) and went into retirement, both from the big screen and from singing. His retirement was short-lived, as he came back in 1973 for a television special and recorded a new album. He continued to perform, mostly in Las Vegas, with a few attempted returns to the big screen in the form of The First Deadly Sin (1980) and Cannonball Run II (1984). Other than those films and a few TV appearances, he mainly continued to perform at concerts and record new albums. However, in the 1990s, his memory started to fail him, and his health started to go downhill. His final concerts were held in late 1994, with his final singing performance on February 25, 1995 at Palm Desert Marriott Ballroom. He finally succumbed to a heart attack on May 14, 1998.

My Own Feelings On Frank Sinatra

Honestly, Frank Sinatra is one of those classic movie stars I started out not caring for at all. I mainly saw him through films that featured other stars that I liked, like High Society with Bing Crosby, or his three films with Gene Kelly. I personally preferred Bing Crosby (Frank’s main rival as a singer and actor), and it took a while for me to come around to Frank himself. Guys And Dolls was probably the first film I saw with him in it that made me appreciate him as a performer (helped by the fact that the film didn’t really feature anybody else I knew and liked at that time). Ever since, I’ve enjoyed various films of his as I’ve sought them out here and there. So, this month is a nice mix for me of one film I’ve seen before and one that is new to me!


This is a list of all the films that I personally have reviewed from his filmography so far. Obviously, I will be adding to it throughout the month of June, and it is my plan to add to it as I review more and more of his films even beyond this month’s celebration.

Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Take Me Out To The Ball Game (1949)

On The Town (1949)

Young At Heart (1954)

Guys And Dolls (1955)

The Tender Trap (1955)

High Society (1956)

Pal Joey (1957)

Kings Go Forth (1958)

Some Came Running (1958)

Never So Few (1959)

Ocean’s 11 (1960)

The Road To Hong Kong (1962) (cameo)

Robin And The 7 Hoods (1964)

None But The Brave (1965)

Entries For This Month

Thoughts From The Music(al) Man –

Kings Go Forth (1958)

Some Came Running (1958)