This first in-depth study of Frank Sinatra's film career explores his iconic status in relation to his many performances in post-war 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 post-war 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.
"McNally provides the most thorough and nuanced account of Sinatra's postwar persona that I have ever read. When Frankie Went to Hollywood will take its place among the very best books on a performer whose life and career continue to exert considerable interest and fascination. This remarkable book explores how Sinatra's image and performances were a contradictory mix of swagger and sensitivity, aggression and vulnerability, and casualness and commitment." Steve Neale, author of Genre and Hollywood "A bold and stimulating work, When Frankie Went to Hollywood offers a compelling study of Sinatra through the filters of class, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender. McNally's interpretation of Sinatra's image and critical reflection on the role of star studies within the academy will appeal to scholars and students of popular music history, cultural studies, media studies, and American studies. A joy to read." Peter Stanfield, author of Body and Soul: Jazz, Blues and Race in American Film, 1927-63 " ... there is enough in this study to satisfy serious Sinatra aficionados, including concise biographical recaps of his late 1940s career collapse and the effect of his extramarital affairs on this performances. And who can resist tales of gauche behaviour on and off the Indiana set of Some Came Running?"--Times Literary Supplement, 4 July 2008
|Introduction: Meet Frank Sinatra||p. 1|
|The Postwar Success Story and Working-Class Alienation||p. 13|
|Ethnic Stereotyping and Italian American Cultural Identity||p. 43|
|Anticommunist Witch Hunts and Civil Rights||p. 66|
|Vulnerable Masculinity and Damaged Veterans||p. 90|
|Male Performance and Swingin' Bachelors||p. 133|
|Conclusion: Chairman of the Board||p. 171|
|Frank Sinatra Filmography||p. 222|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 15th April 2008
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.3 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.4