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The Joker Is Wild(1957)

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  • This is Worth More Than One Viewing !

    • DON RILEY
    • 1/1/16

    During the course of this past month I have actually gotten to see several Sinatra films, I had never seen before. I found this to be his best. Specifically his performance, I'm referring to. There are reasons. Sinatra when he is either on a stage or behind a microphone within the context of the film, is exceptional. He just is "at home" when behind a microphone and that is often done here. His other scenes interacting with his female interests are less. They are not up to other Male Leading men of the era. But they are not bad they are just not "sterling". They are good. The film itself the way it is constructed and directed suits Sinatra's acting talents. I would like to see this film again. I also love the song "All The Way", I feel it is one of Sinatra's many great songs and it also enhances the film greatly.

  • the joker is wild

    • kevin sellers
    • 12/31/15

    Perversely filmed in shadowy, noirish black and white, in the 1950s, when most films, especially quasi musicals like this one, were in garish technicolor, this film announces right from the get go that it's not going to be your typical entertainer biopic, with struggles, but boasting an ultimately uplifting ending. Instead, this movie's pace starts at jaunty and moves relentlessly downward until the climax, which is downright depressing, and then a final scene that is, at best, ambiguous. You're certainly not sure that Frank Sinatra's comic/singer, Joe E. Lewis, will change for the better when he says he'll "try" to stop drinking, since we've heard all this before. Plus, the two wives and best friend he trashed along the way are not coming back. Bravo to screenwriter Oscar Saul and director Charles Vidor for having the guts to be true to the bleak mood of their subject, unlike Dorothy Kingsley and George Sidney in the much less good 50s musical "Pal Joey," which transformed Sinatra's singer from the crass jerk he was in John O'Hara's stories into a conventional good guy. This is definitely among Sinatra's finest acting jobs, right up there with "First Deadly Sin," and better than "Eternity," in my opinion. He is especially good when plumbing the seemingly endless depths of Lewis' self pity and self destruction, with the former spurring on the latter. Also good are Beverly Garland as the bitter wife of Lewis' long suffering best friend/piano accompanist and Mitzi Gaynor as Lewis' not overly bright, but good timey second wife. Alas, as the socialite first wife, the gorgeous Jeanne Crain is a bit on the wooden side, and the scenes with her and Sinatra kinda drag, while also dragging this film down to an A minus. P.S. I could listen to Sinatra sing "All The Way" all night long.

  • correction of previous review

    • kevin sellers
    • 12/26/15

    Dear Jack: "Some Came Running" was neither a war movie nor was it lousy.

  • I haven't seen it, but...

    • Jack
    • 5/12/14

    I haven't seen this movie but I will watch it tonight. I'm apprehensive becauseI never thought Sinatra was a very good actor. His performance in "From Here toEternity" was OK but certainly not deserving of the award. He made several warmovies that were just plain lousy. "Some Came Running" comes to mind. At any rate, I'll watch tonight.

  • This film just blew me away

    • Mike Brown
    • 1/4/12

    As a cinema operator in the late Fifties/early Sixties in the British Royal Navy stationed in the Far East I showed this film to my ship's crew 14 times in 7 days. As a result I knew the dialogue word for word. I was already a huge Sinatra fan and, in spite of seeing pretty well all of his other highly rated films, I think this is the best he has ever done. Some years ago I was able to record "The Joker is Wild" off the TV onto VHS tape but it was not a great success. Along with many many others I would welcome the opportunity to have this film on dvd. It seems odd to me that many other of Sinatra's films have recently been on TV but not this one .I wonder why!!!!!

  • One Of Sinatra's Best

    • Bruce Reber
    • 8/2/10

    "The Joker Is Wild" (1957), the biopic of comedian-singer Joe E. Lewis is one of Frank Sinatra's best films. The songs are very good, and the supporting cast is terrific, including Eddie Albert, Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanne Crain and Sophie Tucker. I have a VHS recording I made when it aired on TCM a couple of years ago. I would like very much to see "The Joker Is Wild" on DVD.

  • Number One Movie

    • Joe
    • 5/19/08

    As a child I became very familiar with the man's voice, and music on the Radio. This was the very first Sinatra movie I had ever seen, and am quite surprised that it has never been released to the public for home viewing. If you have a Frank Sinatra Movie collection (as I do) this is a must have to add to those all time favorites.

  • my number 1 favorite movie of all time

    • Susan Foster
    • 5/18/08

    saw as a teen - loved the music - and how kind Austin Mack was always beyond and foremost Joe's friend and supporter - think the dialogue is true to life (you can be anything you want to be - find yourself another piano player - well I wouldn't call it exactly funny) but what captures it for me is the ending when Joe is passing the store fronts - etc "you make everyone laugh how about making me laugh _ I am endeared forever and ever to Joe E Lewis and Frank in this movie - I know it by heart - an dwhen he sees Lettie I always cry.....

  • A top 10

    • George
    • 7/31/07

    A top 10 movie on my list. Can't believe its never shown on TCM anymore. Hopefully, it will be released on DVD soon.

  • Sinatra at his best

    • David
    • 3/31/07

    This is truly Sinatra at his best. His acting and voice are superb. This movie turned me into a Sinatra fan.

  • Sinatra is God

    • Joann
    • 11/2/06

    This is truly his best.The film is absolutely heartbreaking.Definitely worth your time.

  • the joker is wild

    • gary
    • 9/15/06

    wonderful film, but cant get a copy anywhere, can anyone help?

  • All time favorite Frank Sinatra move of all time

    • Deb
    • 2/11/06

    All time favorite Frank Sinatra move of all time

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