When Frankie Went to Hollywood : Frank Sinatra and American Male Identity

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-06
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
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This first in-depth study of Frank Sinatra's film career explores his iconic status in relation to his many performances in postwar Hollywood cinema.When Frankie Went to Hollywoodconsiders how Sinatra's musical acts, television appearances, and public commentary impacted his screen performances inPal Joey, The Tender Trap, Some Came Running, The Man with the Golden Arm, and other hits. A lively discussion of sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, and male vulnerability in postwar American culture illuminates Karen McNally's investigation into Sinatra's cinematic roles and public persona. This entertainment luminary, she finds, was central in shaping debates surrounding definitions of American male identity in the 1940s and '50s.

Author Biography

Karen McNally is the Course Leader for Film Studies at London Metropolitan University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Meet Frank Sinatrap. 1
The Postwar Success Story and Working-Class Alienationp. 13
Ethnic Stereotyping and Italian American Cultural Identityp. 43
Anticommunist Witch Hunts and Civil Rightsp. 66
Vulnerable Masculinity and Damaged Veteransp. 90
Male Performance and Swingin' Bachelorsp. 133
Conclusion: Chairman of the Boardp. 171
Notesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 207
Frank Sinatra Filmographyp. 222
Indexp. 225
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