Sinatra in Hollywood 1940-1964

Sinatra in Hollywood 1940-1964

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by Frank Sinatra

Forget Howard Stern -- Frank Sinatra was the original king of all media. On this exhaustive 160-track, 6-disc set we find Ol’ Blue Eyes, fresh from his success as a big-band singer, storming Hollywood; or at least steadily working his way up through the ranks to eventually become a major screen star. Songs from each of his musical films are here, from Las Vegas…  See more details below


Forget Howard Stern -- Frank Sinatra was the original king of all media. On this exhaustive 160-track, 6-disc set we find Ol’ Blue Eyes, fresh from his success as a big-band singer, storming Hollywood; or at least steadily working his way up through the ranks to eventually become a major screen star. Songs from each of his musical films are here, from Las Vegas Nights to Robin and the 7 Hoods, including fascinating alternate mixes and outtakes. In addition, there are promotional spots for the films, as well as historic radio clips and speeches (including Sinatra’s acceptance of his 1946 Honorary Oscar for “The House I Live In”). Musical gems abound. This is the first time that material from iconic Sinatra musicals including On the Town, Anchors Aweigh, and Guys and Dolls has officially found its way to disc. Rare tracks include a complete version of “Stardust” (Sinatra’s beloved performance has him singing only the verse) and the Sinatra ballad that can be heard playing in the background of a bar scene in Advise and Consent. A true find is the previously unissued material from an aborted early-'50s cartoon version of Finian's Rainbow that pairs Sinatra with Ella Fitzgerald. One could go on and on -- the amount of revelatory material is staggering, and considering that the majority of it is seeing CD release for the first time, invaluable. In the words of Sinatra expert Will Friedwald, In Hollywood is “the missing link.” It’s also a must for all Sinatra fans, meaning all fans of great singing.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Frank Sinatra's studio recordings have been collected in comprehensive box sets issued by the various record labels for which he recorded (RCA Victor [when he was a singer in Tommy Dorsey's orchestra], Columbia, Capitol, and Reprise) and there have also been multi-disc collections of his V-Disc recordings and radio shows. That leaves his work in television and film, a more challenging prospect for compilation (at least, legally) since so many different companies are involved. Yet Reprise has managed to do the job here for the singer's movie performances, gathering together soundtrack recordings made for films released by Paramount, MGM, Columbia, RKO, Universal, Warner Bros., United Artists, and 20th Century Fox between 1940 and 1964. The chronological sequencing provides a portrait of Sinatra's musical development that parallels his studio recordings during the same period. He first turned up on screen in the Dorsey band in Las Vegas Nights, released in 1941, not acting, but merely singing the previous year's breakthrough hit "I'll Never Smile Again," albeit under a dialogue scene by the film's principals. After he went solo, he began making tentative appearances in films like Higher and Higher that traded on his bobbysoxer appeal. With 1945's Anchors Aweigh, he graduated to big-budget movie musical stardom at MGM, but by the end of the decade was making forgettable pictures for RKO. At the end of the third disc, one begins to hear the mature Sinatra, singing standards in his familiar '50s style, emerge in the tracks from 1951's Meet Danny Wilson, and the rest of the '50s are triumphant, with the Rat Pack movies of the early '60s providing a coda. The seven-hour, six-disc set is more than complete, containing outtakes and promotional spots in addition to the actual soundtrack recordings for a box packed with material Sinatra fans will eat up.
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
Sheer pleasure. (A)

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Disc 1

  1. Dolores  -  Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  2. I'll Never Smile Again  -  Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  3. Radio Spot for "Ship Ahoy"
  4. Moonlight Bay  -  Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  5. Poor You  -  Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra  - Eleanor Powell  - Red Skelton
  6. The Last Call for Love  -  Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  7. Blue Skies  -  Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  8. The Last Call for Love (Finale)  -  Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  9. Night and Day
  10. I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night  - Stanley Wrightsman
  11. The Music Stopped
  12. I Saw You First  - Marcy McGuire
  13. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
  14. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening  - Stanley Wrightsman
  15. You're on Your Own  - Marcy McGuire
  16. You're on Your Own (Reprise)
  17. Finale: I Saw You First/A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening/The Music ...  - Marcy McGuire
  18. Stardust
  19. (There'll Be A) Hot Time in the Town of Berlin (When the Yanks Go ...)
  20. Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)  -  Harry James & His Orchestra
  21. Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are  - Gloria DeHaven
  22. As Long as There's Music
  23. Where Does Love Begin?  - Anne Jeffreys
  24. Some Other Time
  25. Some Other Time  - Gloria DeHaven
  26. And Then You Kissed Me
  27. Finale: As Long as There's Music/Some Other Time/As Long as ...  - George Murphy  - Gloria DeHaven

Disc 2

  1. We Hate to Leave
  2. The Cradle Song (Brahm's Lullaby)
  3. I Begged Her
  4. If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie
  5. What Makes the Sunset?
  6. The Charm of You
  7. I Fall in Love Too Easily
  8. Acceptance Speech for Receiving Honorary Academy Award
  9. The House I Live In
  10. If You Are But a Dream
  11. All or Nothing at All
  12. Ol' Man River
  13. Whose Baby Are You?  - André Previn
  14. The Brooklyn Bridge
  15. The Brookyln Bridge
  16. Invention #1  - Kathryn Grayson
  17. I Believe  - Bobby Long
  18. Time After Time  - André Previn
  19. The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart  - Jimmy Durante
  20. Otchi-Tchor-Ni-Ya
  21. La Ci Darem la Mano  - Kathryn Grayson
  22. It's the Same Old Dream  -  Starlighters
  23. It's the Same Old Dream (Reprise)  -  Starlighters
  24. The Brooklyn Bridge (Finale)
  25. Presentation of Modern Screen Magazine's Award for "Most Popular ..."
  26. Ever Homeward
  27. Promotional Spot for "The Chapel of Four Chaplains" and "The ..."
  28. If I Steal a Kiss
  29. Senorita  - Kathryn Grayson
  30. Siesta
  31. What's Wrong With Me?  - Kathryn Grayson
  32. We're on Our Way  - J. Carrol Naish
  33. If I Steal a Kiss (Finale)  - Kathryn Grayson

Disc 3

  1. Promotional Interview Discussing "The Kissing Bandit" and "Take Me Out  - Dicky Simmons
  2. Take Me Out to the Ball Game  - Gene Kelly
  3. Yes, Indeedy  - Jules Munshin
  4. O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg  - Jules Munshin
  5. The Right Girl for Me
  6. Boys and Girls Like You and Me
  7. It's Fate, Baby It's Fate  - Betty Garrett
  8. Strictly U.S.A.  - Esther Williams
  9. Strictly U.S.A. (Finale)  - Esther Williams
  10. New York, New York  - Harry Stanton
  11. Come Up to My Place  - Betty Garrett
  12. You're Awful  - Betty Garrett
  13. Count on Me  - Jules Munshin
  14. Pearl of the Persian Sea  - Jules Munshin
  15. On the Town  - Jules Munshin
  16. It's Only Money  - Groucho Marx
  17. Kisses and Tears  - Jane Russell
  18. It's Only Money (Finale)  - Jane Russell
  19. Promotional Spot for "Meet Danny Wilson"
  20. All of Me  - Ken Lane
  21. How Deep Is the Ocean?  - Ken Lane
  22. You're a Sweetheart  - Ken Lane
  23. She's Funny That Way  - Manny Klein
  24. A Good Man Is Hard to Find  - Ken Lane
  25. Lonesome Man Blues  - Danny Welton
  26. That Old Black Magic  - Ken Lane
  27. I've Got a Crush on You  - Ken Lane
  28. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)  - Ken Lane

Disc 4

  1. From Here to Eternity/Re-Enlistment Blues
  2. Acceptance Speech for Receiving "Best Supporting Actor" Academy Award
  3. From Here to Eternity
  4. Interview Discussing Latest Film Work  - Louella Parsons
  5. Three Coins in the Fountain
  6. Young at Heart
  7. Someone to Watch Over Me  - Frankie Miller
  8. Just One of Those Things  - Frankie Miller
  9. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)  - Frankie Miller
  10. You, My Love
  11. Necessity
  12. Ad Lib Blues  - Louis Armstrong
  13. That Great Come-And-Get-It Day
  14. Necessity
  15. If This Isn't Love
  16. Old Devil Moon  - Ray Brown  - Herb Ellis  - Ella Logan
  17. Old Devil Moon (Reprise)  -  Oscar Peterson Trio
  18. Necessity  -  Oscar Peterson Trio
  19. How Are Things in Glocca Morra? (Finale)  - Ella Logan
  20. Not as a Stranger
  21. The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York)  - Stubby Kaye
  22. Guys and Dolls  - Stubby Kaye
  23. Adelaide
  24. Sue Me  - Vivian Blaine
  25. (Love Is) The Tender Trap (Main Title)
  26. (Love Is) The Tender Trap  - Frankie Miller
  27. (Love Is) The Tender Trap (End Title)  - David Wayne

Disc 5

  1. Soliloquy
  2. The Man With the Golden Arm
  3. It's Over, It's Over, It's Over  - Loulie Jean Norman
  4. Promotional Spots for "High Society"
  5. Who Wants to Be a Millionare?  - Celeste Holm
  6. You're Sensational
  7. Well Did You Evah?
  8. Mind If I Make Love to You?
  9. All the Way
  10. I Cried for You (Now It's Your Turn to Cry Over Me)
  11. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
  12. At Sundown
  13. All the Way
  14. Medley: Out of Nowhere/Swingin' on a Star
  15. Medley: Naturally/Ah, So Pure/Naturally
  16. All the Way
  17. Chicago
  18. Promotional Spots for "Pal Joey"
  19. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  20. There's a Small Hotel
  21. I Could Write a Book  - Trudy Erwin
  22. The Lady Is a Tramp
  23. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
  24. Finale: Dream Sequence/What Do I Care for a Dame?/I Could Write a Book

Disc 6

  1. Monique
  2. To Love and Be Loved
  3. Promotional Spots for "A Hole in the Head"
  4. All My Tomorrows
  5. High Hopes  - Eddie Hodges
  6. Main Title  - Maurice Chevalier
  7. I Love Paris  - Maurice Chevalier
  8. C'est Magnifique
  9. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)  - Shirley MacLaine
  10. It's All Right With Me
  11. Heart of Mine
  12. Promotional Spot for "Come Blow Your Horn"
  13. Come Blow Your Horn
  14. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  15. The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower  - William Holden
  16. My Kind of Town
  17. I Like to Lead When I Dance
  18. Mister Booze  - Sammy Davis
  19. Style  - Dean Martin
  20. Don't Be a Do-Badder (Finale)  - Sammy Davis
  21. Don't Be a Do-Badder  - Sammy Davis

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Sinatra   Primary Artist
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Doris Day   Track Performer
Dean Martin   Track Performer
Pied Pipers   Track Performer
Debbie Reynolds   Track Performer
Jo Stafford   Track Performer
Herb Ellis   Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald   Track Performer
Red Norvo   Track Performer
Oscar Peterson   Piano,Track Performer
André Previn   Piano
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Jerry Fielding   Conductor
Maurice Chevalier   Track Performer
Jeff Alexander   Conductor
Vivian Blaine   Track Performer
Jimmy Durante   Piano,Vocals
Kathryn Grayson   Track Performer
Ray Heindorf   Conductor
Felix Slatkin   Conductor
Victor Borge   Track Performer
Groucho Marx   Track Performer
Morris Stoloff   Conductor
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Ralph Brewster   Track Performer
Sammy Davis   Track Performer
Adolph Deutsch   Conductor
Tommy Dorsey   Conductor
Johnny Green   Conductor
Lennie Hayton   Conductor
Ken Lane   Piano
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Gus Levene   Conductor
Ella Logan   Track Performer
Ann Miller   Track Performer
Lynn Murray   Conductor
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Loulie Jean Norman   Voices
Eleanor Powell   Track Performer
Walter Scharf   Conductor
Dicky Simmons   Track Performer
Starlighters   Track Performer
Axel Stordahl   Conductor
Stanley Wrightsman   Piano
Celeste Holm   Track Performer
George Stoll   Conductor
Johnny Silver   Track Performer
George Murphy   Track Performer
Gloria DeHaven   Track Performer
Eddie Hodges   Track Performer
Joseph Gershenson   Conductor
Harry James & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Red Skelton   Track Performer
Danny Welton   Harmonica
Jay Blackton   Conductor
Trudy Erwin   Track Performer
Judy Matson   Track Performer
Dorothy McCarty   Track Performer
Mark Warnow   Conductor
Marvin Charles Bailey   Track Performer
Bill Miller   Piano
Arthur "Dooley" Wilson   Track Performer
Anne Jeffreys   Track Performer
Alice Pearce   Track Performer
Bill Stanton   Vocals
William Holden   Narrator
Stubby Kaye   Track Performer
Betty Noyes   Track Performer
Jane Russell   Track Performer
Betty Garrett   Track Performer
Marcy McGuire   Track Performer
Shirley MacLaine   Track Performer
Constantin Bakaleinikoff   Conductor
David Wayne   Track Performer
Richard Jones   Conductor
J. Carrol Naish   Track Performer
Barbara Jo Allen   Track Performer
Harry Stanton   Track Performer
Esther Williams   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Michael Feinstein   Liner Notes
Gene Kelly   Director
André Previn   Arranger
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Jerry Fielding   Arranger
Abe Lyman   Composer
Earl Robinson   Composer
George Siravo   Arranger
Ray Heindorf   Arranger
Felix Slatkin   Arranger
Morris Stoloff   Arranger
John Kander   Composer
Friedrich von Flotow   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Sammy Cahn   Composer,Adaptation
Saul Chaplin   Arranger
Henry Creamer   Composer
Ken Darby   Vocal Arrangements
Adolph Deutsch   Arranger
Didier C. Deutsch   Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Arthur Freed   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Gregg Geller   Executive Producer
Doug Gordon   Director
Mack Gordon   Composer
Johnny Green   Arranger
Eddie Green   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Leigh Harline   Arranger
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Skip Martin   Arranger
David McLees   Executive Producer
Arthur Morton   Arranger,Orchestration
Lynn Murray   Arranger
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Gary Peterson   Liner Notes
Conrad Salinger   Arranger,Orchestration
Doug Schwartz   Stereo Remixer
Axel Stordahl   Arranger
Fred Stulce   Arranger
Jule Styne   Composer,Adaptation
James Van Heusen   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
George Feltenstein   Producer
Henry King   Director
Don McGuire   Director
Jack Norworth   Composer
Joseph Gershenson   Arranger
Darcy Proper   Producer
Patrick Milligan   Executive Producer
Ted Duncan   Arranger,Orchestration
Charles Granata   Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Robert Tucker   Vocal Arrangements
Leo Arnaud   Arranger,Orchestration
Robert Franklyn   Arranger,Orchestration
Wally Heglin   Arranger,Orchestration
Ralph Blane   Composer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Leo F. Forbstein   Music Direction
Gil Grau   Arranger
Fred Karger   Composer
Paul Marquardt   Orchestration
Albert Sendrey   Arranger
Charles Vidor   Director
Mark Warnow   Arranger
Timothy Whelan   Director
Jen Wyler   Stereo Remixer
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
George Sidney   Director
Marcus Cummings   Composer
Jay Fernandez   Editorial Research
Albert Von Tilzer   Composer
Stanley Donen   Director
Andreas Meyer   Stereo Remixer
Charles Walters   Director
Leonard Maltin   Liner Notes
Michael McIntyre   Animation
Mervyn LeRoy   Director
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
Richard Whorf   Director
Allen Lewis   Composer
Leigh Hall   Liner Note Coordination
Otto Preminger   Director
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
Fred Zinnemann   Director
Ralph Murphy   Director
Richard Jones   Arranger
Aaron Kahan   Package Production
Delmer Daves   Director
Irving Cummings   Director
Busby Berkeley   Director
Richard Quine   Composer,Director
Walter Lang   Director

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Sinatra in Hollywood 1940-1964 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Based on the complete list of songs there is an unfortunate omission of songs from ''Carousel''. Sinatra pre- recorded some of the music when he was scheduled to start filming in Booth Bay, Maine. He arrived, saw that the film was to be shot twice (Once in Cinemascope and once in Cinemascope 55). He objected, bolted the set and never returned. Gordon MacRae took over when filming resumed a few weeks later. (Ironically, by that time 20th Century Fox decided only to film in the 55mm process). The songs Sinatra pre- recorded have been available in bootleg collections for years. Rumor has it that the Sinatra family wouldn't pay an advance to the film company for use of the tracks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the boxed set to shame all boxed sets ! Apart from the decidedly gloomy black fabric that covers the box, this is every Sinatraphile's dream : A set of 160 recordings by Ol' Blue Eyes for movies, most of which had never appeared anywhere on record, be it LP or CD !!! Bonus outtakes, promotional radio ads, a couple of interviews, and even unheard, full-length, versions of famous film songs... The most delightful serendipities have to be the soundtrack to the canceled "Finian's Rainbow" animated film of 1954, which features some material that even dwarfs the great Capitol albums he recorded that year (notably the breath-taking "Necessity", both as a solo and a duet with Ella Fitzgerald) and a left out theme song for the movie "The Man With The Golden Arm", which ranks musically among the very best that Frank ever recorded with Nelson Riddle, despite some pointless lyrics. The icing on the cake is a magnificent book packed with photos, film posters and songsheet splash pages, and of course tons of info ! The only disappointment, really (but not for lack of trying) is the compiler's failing to obtain the rights to include the handful of Sinatra's pre-recorded songs for "Carousel" performance, but let's hope these resurface on some official release someday, and in the meantime, we can play this collection over and over again...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago