in about 100 words or less
US 119m, B&W
Director: Otto Preminger; Cast: Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak, Arnold Stang, Darren McGavin
The Man with the Golden Arm is dark melodrama about a card dealing dope addict named Johnny Machine who attempts to go straight after getting clean while in prison. Returning home to his wheelchair-bound wife, Johnny hopes to become a professional drummer, but the odds seem stacked against him. A controversial film upon its release for its realistic portrayal of drug use, the film suffers from artificial-looking studio sets which felt out-of-place against Sinatra’s convincing performance and the film’s dramatic theme (Klaus Ming October 2016).