Tuesday, March 31, 2015

100 Years of Frank Sinatra: "It Happened in Brooklyn"

It Happened in Brooklyn, an MGM musical/romantic comedy, filmed in black and white, opened at the Capitol Theater in New York City on March 13, 1947.  Frank Sinatra received top billing as Danny Miller, a veteran returning home to Brooklyn.  Also appearing are Kathryn Grayson, Jimmy Durante, Peter Lawford, and Gloria Grahame.

New York Times critic Bosley Crowther gave the movie a middling review.
  • ...slow in the narrative stretches.
  • ...humor is not too good.
  • .,..Durante's contribution is a bit on the parsimonious side
But he commended Sinatra for a performance of considerable casual charm.

My paternal grandparents have a Brooklyn connection.  After traveling to the U.S. from Sweden in the mid-1890s, they lived there for a short time before moving to Rockford, Illinois.

Here they are in 1947 during a summer visit with my parents in Washington.  (Mom took the picture.)   I suspect they're in the vicinity of Mt. Rainier.

Other Frank Sinatra 100 posts:
"Our Love".  (2/14/2015)
"I'll Never Smile Again".  (2/15/2015)
"Fools Rush In".  (2/16/2015)
"Dolores".  (2/17/2015)
"Oh Look At Me Now".  (2/18/2015)
"This Love of Mine".  (2/20/2015)
"There Are Such Things."  (2/24/2015)
"Night and Day".  (2/26/2015)
"The Night We Called It a Day".  (2/27/2015)
Paramount Theater, December 30, 1942.  (3/2/2015)
Reveille with Beverly.  (3/4/2015)
"You'll Never Know".  (3/7/2015)
Higher and Higher.  (3/8/2015)
"People Will Say We're in Love".  (3/10/2015)
The Shining Future.  (3/17/2015)
"I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night".  (3/19/2015)
Step Lively.  (3/20/2015) .
"Saturday Night (is the Loneliest Night of the Week)".  (3/21/2015)
"You'll Never Walk Alone".  (3/23/2015)
"Oh What It Seemed to Be".  (3/24/2015)
Anchors Aweigh.  (3/26/2015)
"Day by Day".  3/27/2015)
Till the Clouds Roll By.  (3/29/2015)
"Always".  (3/30/2015)

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