The Joker Is Wild (1957)

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Prohibition-era nightclub crooner Joe E. Lewis has his career and nearly his life cut short when his throat is slashed as payback for leaving the employ of Chicago mob boss Georgie Parker. A broken alcoholic, Joe is brought back from the abyss by his faithful piano player, Austin Mack, who helps turn the former singer into a successful stand-up comedian. But Joe’s demons plague his romantic life even as he reaches new heights of success.

Director: Charles Vidor.
Writers: Oscar Saul (screenplay), Art Cohn (book).
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanne Crain, Eddie Albert, Beverly Garland, Jackie Coogan, Barry Kelley, Ted de Corsia, Leonard Graves, Valerie Allen, Len Hendry, Sophie Tucker.

1958 Academy Awards – Winner for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song (“All the Way” by Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn).

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