Widower Tony is trying to keep a small Miami hotel afloat while raising a 12-year-old son. He’s forced to ask his harried brother Mario for help, but he’ll only bail Tony out if he quits his bohemian lifestyle and marries a sensible woman.
The 1950s had a number of strong films, and this is one of them. It’s not what most people would call a black comedy, but I do. I agree with the previous poster who called this an under-rated gem.
First of all, I like Sinatra better as an actor than as a singer; he’s also really strong in the original version of the Manchurian Candidate and in The Man With the Golden Arm.
This film reminds me a bit of the much more recent “Full Monty,” with a middle-aged father who acts like a young adolescent who is essentially being parented by a pre-teen son who has had to grow up too fast. That’s what I mean by black comedy; it’s a situation that is so sad (and, alas, so common) that you have to laugh to keep from crying. (Another comparison, but not quite as apt, is to “A Thousand Clowns.”) Sinatra’s character is matched by that of his girlfriend, who says, without a trace of irony to the idea of having a baby, “I’m a baby myself.”
It wasn’t until I came here just now that I realized this was directed by Frank Capra; I should have been able to guess it.
Everyone mentions “High Hopes,” and rightly so, as a terrific (and award-winning) song. But you gotta love any movie that has a tune about how “The monkeys have no tails in Zamboanga.”
Director: Frank Capra
Writers: Arnold Schulman (screenplay), Arnold Schulman (play)
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker
Release Date: 15 July 1959 (USA)
Also Known As: All My Tomorrows
Filming Locations: Fontainebleau Miami Beach – 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 2.00 GiB
Duration : 2 h 0 min
Overall bit rate : 2 384 kb/s