We did our own tribute to the man and his music, but what about his films. True many were not so hot, but when he set his mind to it and when he followed direction he could give a great performance.
Of course everyone admires his work in From Here to Eternity, for which he won the Best Supporting Oscar. And almost everyone will agree on his one great musical, On the Town, and one great drama, The Manchurian Candidate (above).
But if you haven’t seen some of his other work you are missing a treat.
Many of his earlier films are worth a watch, especially Anchors Aweigh ( his dancing) and Suddenly (his acting). Then after his “comeback,”one drama — The Man With the Golden Arm (his only nomination for Best Actor) — and one musical — Pal Joey. Kim Novak starred opposite him in both.
And Rita Hayworth, still a beauty, but slightly faded, was perfect as the slightly over the hill ex stripper in Pal Joey, and, along with the Rodgers and Hart score, contributes to making that film a classic.
NOTE: Yesterday’s men and their cars were: Fatty Arbuckle and his Pierce-Arrow; Johnny Weissmuller and his 1932 Chevy and Al Jolson and his Mercedes.