Trivia / Frank Sinatra

  • Billing Displacement: The Voice is the top-billed US actor on his only film as a director, None But the Brave, but he basically has a supporting role with the film's real stars being Tatsuya Mihashi and Clint Walker. He also plays one of the few US soldiers to survive.
  • Creator Backlash: He reportedly hated "Strangers In the Night" and wasn't very fond of "My Way" either.
    • Sinatra reportedly disliked his clique being named "Rat Pack", and insisted that Bogart's group was the only true "Rat Pack". He preferred the the name of "The Summit".
  • Old Shame: The Kissing Bandit, a very silly musical he didn't even have a choice of being in.
  • Similarly Named Works:
    • He sang "New York, New York" in 1949's On the Town, then later recorded another song titled "New York, New York" (also known as "Theme From New York, New York") in the late 1970s. The latter is the more popular song and is one of his Signature Songs.
    • The titles of his albums Songs for Young Lovers and Songs for Swingin' Lovers! are so similar that they are often confused with each other.
  • Tom Hanks Syndrome: In the '40s, he played a culture-shocked sailor in Anchors Aweigh and On the Town. Hoping to finally earn top billing, he campaigned for the role of Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, but was railroaded into playing Nathan Detroit (yet another Butt Monkey), to his vocal frustration. This began to change in 1953's From Here to Eternity, which reignited his career: he played a loose-cannon Army private. In 1955's The Man With The Golden Arm, he plays a fresh-out-of-prison drug addict, in an era where the topic was highly controversial, no less.
    • And don't get us started on his collaborations with The Rat Pack. No wonder the FBI thought he had ties to The Mafia.
    • Let's also not forget The Manchurian Candidate. He carried the whole movie, and not a single song or martini to be found.
    • Also The Detective, where he plays a foul-mouthed, burnt out Cowboy Cop fighting police corruption and a dissolving marriage.
  • What Beautiful Eyes: He was nicknamed "Ol' Blue Eyes" after all.
  • Wag the Director:
    • Frank Sinatra the actor was a bit of a handful as kept demanding only one take per scene. The first attempt felt the most genuine, so why bother with another?
    • Kim Novak has stated that Pal Joey choreographer Hermes Pan had worked out a show-stopping dream sequence (an homage to An American in Paris) with complicated dance moves—all of which was immediately thrown out by an imperious, obviously-irritated Sinatra who stomped on the set and started cutting "business" left and right. Plainly, the man was not a fan of frou-frou musical numbers. Instead he tailored the part to his swaggering Vegas style: too cool for the room, the movie's hero... quite ignoring the anti-hero Joey of the stage play.
  • What Could Have Been: Was offered the role of Harry Callahan, but broke his wrist and couldn't do it.


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