MovieChat Forums > Anchors Aweigh (1945) Discussion > Sinatra was an extremely pleasant surpri...

Sinatra was an extremely pleasant surprise


Frank Sinatra is one of my favorite actors but I've only seen him playing really cool, suave, debonair type characters, and it was such a pleasant delight to see him play the shy, insecure, dorky Clarence, and he did it so perfectly. I was actually shocked at how convincing he was. I think if someone's first movie with Frank was this, and then they saw Pal Joey, it would totally blow their minds. Because Joey is such the polar opposite of Clarence. It just shows how awesome Frank really is. God bless you sir, god bless you.

reply

AntiJohen, if you haven't done so since you posted, you might want to check out
Take Me Out to the Ballgame and On the Town.

In those films, Sinatra was cast as the shy, inexperienced guy, in contrast to Kelly's "smooth operator" character, as well.

reply

I actually did see those films since posting and I did love them and Frank's performance immensely. thanks anyway though, haha

-----
This is my signature. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

reply

I've always wondered about that. Sinatra was ANYTHING but inexperienced, as we all know -- it's so funny they kept casting him in that kind of part again and again! Just once, in one of their films together, it would have been interesting to see him play the "wolf" and Kelly play the lamb. :-)

reply

I forgot -- he's cast that way in It Happened in Brooklyn, as well. It seemed to be an MGM thing to cast him as that shy guy over and over.

reply

It was interesting to see him look so young in this, he was rather pretty. He must have been 29 in this.

reply

He was just getting his start in films.

reply