When Frankie Went to Hollywood: Frank Sinatra and American Male Identity

When Frankie Went to Hollywood: Frank Sinatra and American Male Identity

by Karen McNally
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252033345

ISBN-13: 9780252033346

Pub. Date: 04/02/2008

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

This first in-depth study of Frank Sinatra’s film career explores his iconic status in relation to his many performances in postwar Hollywood cinema. When Frankie Went to Hollywood considers how Sinatra’s musical acts, television appearances, and public commentary impacted his screen performances in Pal Joey, The Tender Trap, Some Came Running

Overview

This first in-depth study of Frank Sinatra’s film career explores his iconic status in relation to his many performances in postwar Hollywood cinema. When Frankie Went to Hollywood considers how Sinatra’s musical acts, television appearances, and public commentary impacted his screen performances in Pal Joey, The Tender Trap, Some Came Running, The Man with the Golden Arm, and other hits. A lively discussion of sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, and male vulnerability in postwar American culture illuminates Karen McNally’s investigation into Sinatra’s cinematic roles and public persona. This entertainment luminary, she finds, was central in shaping debates surrounding definitions of American male identity in the 1940s and ’50s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252033346
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
04/02/2008
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Meet Frank Sinatra     1
The Postwar Success Story and Working-Class Alienation     13
Ethnic Stereotyping and Italian American Cultural Identity     43
Anticommunist Witch Hunts and Civil Rights     66
Vulnerable Masculinity and Damaged Veterans     90
Male Performance and Swingin' Bachelors     133
Conclusion: Chairman of the Board     171
Notes     185
Bibliography     207
Frank Sinatra Filmography     222
Index     225

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