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Shorty Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Drummer Audition, "The Man with the Golden Arm," 1955

Shorty Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Drummer Audition,

Synopsis, from IMDb:
A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.

At the time of its release in 1955, the gripping, gritty drama "The Man with the Golden Arm" was extremely controversial because of its exploration of heroin addiction. The film was directed and produced by legendary Otto Preminger.

Film cast members included Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915 - May 14, 1998), Eleanor Parker (June 26, 1922 - December 9, 2013), Kim Novak (b. February 13, 1933), Arnold Stang (September 28, 1918 - December 20, 2009), Darren McGavin (May 7, 1922 - February 25, 2006), and Robert Strauss (November 8, 1913 - February 20, 1975). West coast jazz musician and arranger Shorty Rogers (April 14, 1924 - November 7, 1994) and his band performed the film's jazz soundtrack, and Rogers had a small role in the film as a bandleader; drummer Shelly Manne and others in the group also briefly appeared and played in the film.

The Motion Picture Association of America originally refused to issue a certificate of approval for "The Man with the Golden Arm," saying that the script was unacceptable because it showed drug addiction. Preminger wouldn't change the script and released the film without MPAA approval. Rather than banning the film because of its lack of approval, a number of big theaters across the country booked it and it did well at the box office. As a result, the following year, Hollywood's production code was changed, allowing films to tackle dark subjects involving drugs, kidnapping, abortion, and prostitution. The film, which received positive critical review, was eventually assigned certificate No. 17011 in 1961.

The film was nominated for three Oscars, including one for Sinatra for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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