Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and a Double Brandy …

A double brandy for me, please, bartender!

Now this is classic.

A prime Frank Sinatra serenading the luminous Rita Hayworth in George Stevens’ 1957 melo-musical Pal Joey.  The film itself is light on plot, and even lighter on acting, but … oh, come on. Who are we kiddin’? We’re only here to hear Frankie croon, see Kim Novak brood and watch Rita Hayworth strut. And we get all of those in Pal Joey.

The piece de resistance  is this three minute scene in which the eternal standard The Lady is a Tramp gets Frankie’s royal treatment. And if there ain’t a gal out there who doesn’t swoon, faint, and thud at  ol’ blue eyes’ debonair, seductive appeal then, well, please forgive my French, but … merde. God help us all! (Really ladies, just watch him kick that piano away!)

Treat ’em mean and keep ’em keen, Frankie!!

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Film writer and social media marketing professional. 2019 Social Ambassador for the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Previously: social media associate at Warner Archive and script writer for Turner Classic Movies. Working on a Montgomery Clift biography due late 2020.

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