RARA-AVIS: Sinatra film

From: Carrie Pruett ( pruettc@hotmail.com)
Date: 20 Sep 2001

I actually own a copy of "Suddenly" that I've never watched; I think it came in a 3-pack at Suncoast video, I may have to dust it off. However, the IMDB lists this film as coming out in 1954 - it may have been pulled out of revival house/festival circulation. There is a similar legend around "The Manchurian Candidate" - but based on a little bit of research I did when hosting a film-club screening a few years ago (and this could very well be off the mark, I'm no expert) -that came out in 1962, was poorly received, and tanked long before Dallas. Legend has it that the film was pulled from circulation at some point after Kennedy's assassination, at Sinatra's request. However, there doesn't seem to be any real consensus on this, and if the film was shelved at all (rather than simply falling by the wayside due to the fact that it was too dark or people didn't get it) it may have been due to a dispute over who got the money.

The film was rereleased in 1987 and received to great acclaim - before its time, etc, and for what it's worth, I think it's a phenomenal flick. Great moody photography and great dialogue (George Axelrod wrote it between
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Paris when it sizzles," believe it or not, though of course most of the dialogue in "Tiffany's" comes straight from Truman Capote). If nothing else, this film gives rise to questions about the ascendancy of Microsoft being combined with "solitaire" in every edition of Windows (say it with me - "Bill Gates is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life").

Anyway, if anybody knows the definitive story on either of these flicks
(both with Sinatra) I'm curious.


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