Meet Danny Wilson 1952 Frank Sinatra Drama Musical
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Shelley Winters, Alex Nicol
Danny Wilson and partner Mike make a meager living singing in dives and hustling pool. One night they meet entertainer Joy Carroll, who gets them a job at racketeer Nick Driscoll’s posh nightclub. But Nick wants a high price: half of Danny’s future income. Danny’s career skyrockets, but his position at the top of the heap, and his one-sided romance with Joy, prove extremely unstable.
Although Meet Danny Wilson was only a small budget black and white production it was competently directed by Joseph Pevney and had a talented supporting cast. Shelley Winters, Alex Nicol and Raymond Burr plus cameo appearances from Tony Curtis and Jeff Chandler. The film contains a wonderful range of Sinatra standards such as “She’s Funny That Way”, “That Old Black Magic”, “When You’re Smiling”, “All of Me”, “I’ve Got a Crush on You”, “How Deep is the Ocean?” and others.
Meet Danny Wilson is one of Sinatra’s more obscure films but has an interesting story line with good performances by its stars. The songs alone make it all worthwhile. Be sure to see it if you get the chance.
- Director: Joseph Pevney
- Includes Bonus Movie Trailer
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co.: Universal Int’l
- Run time: 88 minutes
- Sound: Mono
- Color: Black and White
Did you know?
The circumstances of the making of this film are legendary, as Shelley Winters and Frank Sinatra hated each other. Winters, according to Kitty Kelley’s “His Way,” at one point in a pique of anger slugged Sinatra. He did not retaliate.
Frank Sinatra also played a role in The Miracle of the Bells. The film has an irresistible Citizen Kane-ish structure where a character is gradually revealed and only truly understood after their death. It also is refreshing in its positive depiction of religion and the important role it plays in so many people’s lives.
Sample Video from Meet Danny Wilson
This movie arrives on a professional grade DVD-R disc placed in a slim jewel case. The cover art is exactly as shown in the image.
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