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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252033346
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2008
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen McNally is the Course Leader for Film Studies at London Metropolitan University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Meet Frank Sinatra 1

1 The Postwar Success Story and Working-Class Alienation 13

2 Ethnic Stereotyping and Italian American Cultural Identity 43

3 Anticommunist Witch Hunts and Civil Rights 66

4 Vulnerable Masculinity and Damaged Veterans 90

5 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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