Tag Archives: Frank Sinatra

Jack Donohue – Assault on a Queen (1966)

Rosa (Virna Lisi), Vic (Tony Franciosa) and their boat captain (Alf Kjellin) are searching for sunken treasure. They hire Mark (Frank Sinatra) as their diver and begin their treasure hunt. Mark soon spots a long-buried German U-boat, and the plan to search for gold quickly turns into a scheme to use the submarine to rob the HMS Queen Mary. After enlisting the help of a mechanic (Richard Conte), the foursome set their plan in motion while Vic and Mark battle for Rosa’s affections. Read More »

Irving Cummings – Double Dynamite! (1951)

Johnny Dalton (Frank Sinatra), a poor bank teller who works tirelessly to save enough money to marry his doting girlfriend (Jane Russell), comes across a fortune when he rescues a duplicitous bookie (Nestor Paiva) from attackers. As a misguided sign of thanks, the bookie gives Dalton an ample cash gift — which curiously matches the amount missing from his bank. Now suspected of embezzlement, the bewildered Dalton turns to his best friend, a wily and wacky waiter (Groucho Marx), for help. Read More »

Lewis Milestone – Ocean’s Eleven (1960)

Synopsis:
A band of soldier friends from the 82nd airborne regroup 15 years later to rob millions of dollars from five Las Vegas casinos. When one of the eleven’s future step-father learns who pulled the job, the crew must find a way to smuggle the loot out of town before their payoff is cut in half. Read More »

Joseph L. Mankiewicz – Guys and Dolls (1955)

Synopsis:
All the hot gamblers are in town, and they’re all depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week’s incarnation of “The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York”; the only problem is, he needs $1000 to get the place. Throw in Sarah Brown, who’s short on sinners at the mission she runs; Sky Masterson, who accepts Nathan’s $1000 bet that he can’t get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana; Miss Adelaide, who wants Nathan to marry her; Police Lieutenant Brannigan, who always seems to appear at the wrong time; and the music/lyrics of Frank Loesser, and you’ve got quite a musical. Includes the songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, “Luck Be a Lady”, “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat”. Read More »

Brian G. Hutton – The First Deadly Sin (1980)

Synopsis:
A serial killer is stalking New York. Inspector Edward X. Delaney is an NYPD detective, nearing retirement, who is trying to put together the pieces of the case. Are the victims somehow linked? What does the brutal method of death signify? Read More »

Burt Kennedy – Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)


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Plot:
Dingus Magee wants to flag a ride. “Hold up!” he yells to a rolling stagecoach. “It’s a holdup!” shouts the coach driver’s panicked sidekick, who tosses a jewel-packed strongbox over the side. Magee, who began his criminal escapades with a $10 price on his head, is suddenly wanted for much, much more. The ways of the West are outrageously unsaddled in this rowdy comedy deftly directed by Burt Kennedy (Support Your Local Sheriff!, The Rounders). Frank Sinatra – always on the grift and always in red-flannel longjohns when it’s time for boudoir activity – plays ring-a-ding Dingus. George Kennedy is the addled sheriff on his trail. With double entendres, goofy slapstick and unbridled glee in its rapid-fire carbine, Dirty Dingus Magee has laugh ammo to spare. From Warner Brothers! Read More »