Happy 100th Birthday, Francis Albert Sinatra! The Sinatra Centennial Blogathon is here, running from December 10 to 13. I’m hosting the first two days, Thursday and Friday, here at Movie Classics, before Emily at The Vintage Cameo takes over for the 100th birthday itself, Saturday, and Sunday.
If you’re taking part, please let us know when your postings go up, so we can spread the word! Either leave a comment on this posting or you can tweet us at @MovieClassicsWP and/or @vintagecameos – or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re tweeting, it would be great if you could use the hashtag #Sinatrablogathon.
Here is a round-up of the first day’s postings, which cover a great variety of films and themes, with many thanks to all the wonderful bloggers taking part. And thanks so much to everyone who is supporting this event! Also, here’s a link to the master list of blogs taking part. If you have put up a post but were too late for today’s round-up, please leave a comment and I’ll add you into tomorrow’s posting.
Love Letters to Old Hollywood takes an in-depth look at Sinatra’s performance opposite Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak in Pal Joey (1957). Sinatra knocks ’em dead in… Pal Joey.
Silver Screenings turns the spotlight on Sinatra’s acclaimed role as drug addict Frankie Machine in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955). Frank Sinatra’s D-I-Y Detox Program.
Movie Classics looks at the movie and TV work Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby did together, including High Society and Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank. Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.
Crimson Kimino discovers the stylish 1960s world of musical comedy Come Blow Your Horn (1963), adapted from a Neil Simon play, with Sinatra’s character tutoring his younger brother. Frank Sinatra in Come Blow Your Horn.
Caftan Woman has come up with a posting packed with both music and information, about Sinatra’s many Oscar-nominated movie songs, in films from Higher and Higher (1943) right through to Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964). Frank’s Musical Oscar Legacy
The Lady Eve’s Reel Life looks at how 1965, the age of The Beatles, was also a Very Good Year for Frank Sinatra – with some fantastic musical, film and TV highlights. Frank Sinatra in 1965: It Was a Very Good Year
4 Star Film Fan has reviewed a powerful Sinatra performance that deserves to be better known, as a disillusioned veteran returning to his home town. Some Came Running (1958)
The Stop Button turns the focus on Frank Sinatra’s role in a Frank Capra movie from 1959, A Hole in the Head, adapted from a stage play, also starring Eleanor Parker and Edward G Robinson, and shows how the film gets better as it goes on. A Hole in the Head (1959, Frank Capra)