Meet Danny Wilson

  • 1952
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime, Musical

A combination musical and crime story, MEET DANNY WILSON is not unlike the story of the singer in THE GODFATHER who goes from being a nobody to a star and gets involved with criminals along the way. Sinatra is the singer, and Nicol is his pianist; they are barely making enough for coffee and Danish as they work some sleazy clubs. They meet Winters, a nightery...read more

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A combination musical and crime story, MEET DANNY WILSON is not unlike the story of the singer in THE GODFATHER who goes from being a nobody to a star and gets involved with criminals along the way. Sinatra is the singer, and Nicol is his pianist; they are barely making enough for coffee

and Danish as they work some sleazy clubs. They meet Winters, a nightery thrush, who introduces them to Burr, a nightclub owner. Burr thinks Sinatra may have something so they make an oral contract for Burr to manage Sinatra in return for half the singer's income. Sinatra becomes a hit on stage

but a flop in his love life. He adores Winters, as does Nicol, but she prefers the pianist to the crooner. Burr gets into trouble with the cops and has to hide out, but he continues hounding Sinatra for his half of the money. There's a lot of money involved and Burr becomes threatening and

eventually pulls a gun. Nicol steps in front of the weapon and takes the bullet meant for Sinatra. Sinatra goes after Burr, the two have a confrontation in a deserted ballpark, and Sinatra shoots and kills Burr. Some of the best songs in Ol' Blue Eyes' repertoire dotted the film. They include:

"I've Got a Crush on You" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin), "How Deep Is the Ocean?" (Irving Berlin), "When You're Smiling" (Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin, Larry Shay), "All of Me" (Seymour Simons, Gerald Marks), "She's Funny That Way" (Richard Whiting, Richard Moret), "That Old Black Magic" (Harold

Arlen, Johnny Mercer), "You're a Sweetheart" (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson), "Lonesome Man Blues" (Sy Oliver), and "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" (Eddie Green, sung with Shelley Winters). Sinatra's acting is excellent (Why not? He was playing himself, and who can do that better than he can?), and

Winters displays a pleasant voice in her few opportunities to chirp.

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