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The Enigmatic Life of Frank Sinatra
August 17 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sinatra’s career took flight from the Rustic Cabin in Englewood Cliff, NJ, when trumpeter Harry James rescued him from the ranks of singing waiters in 1939. Yet not until Tommy Dorsey coaxed him into his band later that year did Sinatra begin to soar as the idol of the bobby-soxers. Within three years, he led the male singer polls in both Billboard and Downbeat magazine and by 1946 his discs for Columbia Records were selling 10 million copies a year.
The evening’s fare will also sample Sinatra’s forty-year movie career. Teaming with Gene Kelly in two early films, Anchors Away and On the Town, Sinatra appeared in fifty-six films including From Here to Eternity, in which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Enjoy clips from those films and others including Guys and Dolls with Marlon Brando, Pal Joey co-starring Rita Heyworth and Kim Novak, The Manchurian Candidate and two of Cole Porter’s movie scores, Can-Can and High Society, which paired Sinatra with his childhood idol, Bing Crosby.