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The Joker Is Wild (1957)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | October 1957 (USA)
Frank Sinatra plays Joe E. Lewis, a famous comedian of the 1930s-50s. When the movie opens, Lewis is a young, talented singer who performs in speakeasies. When he bolts one job for another,... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Oscar Saul (screenplay), Art Cohn (book)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Joe E. Lewis
Mitzi Gaynor ... Martha Stewart
Jeanne Crain ... Letty Page
Eddie Albert ... Austin Mack
Beverly Garland ... Cassie Mack
Jackie Coogan ... Swifty Morgan
Barry Kelley ... Captain Hugh McCarthy
Ted de Corsia ... Georgie Parker
Leonard Graves Leonard Graves ... Tim Coogan
Valerie Allen ... Flora - Chorine
Hank Henry ... Burlesque Comedian
Sophie Tucker ... Sophie Tucker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ned Glass ... Johnson (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Frank Sinatra plays Joe E. Lewis, a famous comedian of the 1930s-50s. When the movie opens, Lewis is a young, talented singer who performs in speakeasies. When he bolts one job for another, the mob boss who owns the first speakeasy has his thugs try to kill Lewis. Lewis survives, but his vocal cords are cut and he cannot sing. Several years later, his buddy tracks him down and tries to help him with little success. That attempt, though, leads to Lewis meeting Letty Page (Jeanne Crain). They fall in love and she inspires him to follow up on an offer to become a comedian (a result of his buddy's failed attempt to rejuvenate his singing career). Lewis has problems, though. The assault that nearly cost him his life also helped turn him into an alcoholic and an inveterate gambler. These two character defects become the basis for his act and help to make him a smash success. Unfortunately, they also work to wreak havoc in his personal life. Written by David Oboyski

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All the Way See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

AMBL Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's name was changed to All the Way when re-released. This, after the success and popularity of the Oscar-winning song from the movie, All the Way. See more »

Goofs

When Joe is looking at the building directory, the close-up shows "MORRIS WILLIAM". Yet in the next shot as Joe turns to go to the elevator, it says "MORRIS Wm" See more »

Quotes

Joe E. Lewis: You know I wish I had a camera right now, because I could get the perfect picture of a guy with his two feet in his mouth.
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Soundtracks

At Sundown
(uncredited)
Written by Walter Donaldson
Sung by Frank Sinatra
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Frankie in Lewis Bio!
18 January 2001 | by joots01See all my reviews

This movie has a great assortment of Sinatra standards. I enjoyed it very much and thought Frank did a credible acting job in the Joe E. Lewis role.

The ending was a little weird with his reflection in the shop windows talking back to him but hey that was a way for Hollywood heroes to express their innermost feelings to the audience. Eddie Albert who I enjoyed so much in Roman Holiday is in here. Jeanne Crain is also in here. She seemed to be a big star in her day but suprisingly, is not remembered today as some of her other contemporaries are. The story is interesting. Gaynor is good although she gets a little irritating when she pleads to Frank.


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