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When Frankie went to Hollywood - Frank Sinatra and American male identity
Karen McNally
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University of Illinois Press
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This first in-depth study of Frank Sinatra\u2019s film career explores his iconic status in relation to his many performances in postwar Hollywood cinema. When Frankie Went to Hollywood considers how Sinatra\u2019s musical acts, television appearances, and public commentary impacted his screen performances in Pal 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\u2019s investigation into Sinatra\u2019s 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 \u201950s.

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

"McNally's study . . . has an unexpected share of gossip and biographical surprises. . . . An exploration of Sinatra's forthright ethnicity, his strident championing of civil rights and his sexual objectification."--Times Literary Supplement

"A valuable addition to masculinity studies and Sinatra scholarship. Highly recommended."--Choice

"[McNally] provides meaning and recognition to Sinatra's films, a very important part of his career and his life. Her book is well worth reading."--Film International

"A provocative work. . . . McNally's illumination of the importance of Sinatra and his image to understanding male identity in postwar America will force readers to reexamine simplistic definitions of manhood from the period as well as the cultural significance of the Chairman of the Board."--Journal of American History

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