Man With the Golden Arm

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February 21, 2017

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Frankie Machine is a skilled card dealer and one-time heroin addict. When he returns home from jail, he struggles to find a new livelihood and to avoid slipping back into addiction. Written by Mike Campanelli <>

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Release Date:

16 January 1956 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann mit dem goldenen Arm See more »

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Technical Specs


119 min

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1 See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Novelist Nelson Algren initially sold the screen rights to John Garfield's company. Although a script was developed, the actor's sudden early death allowed Otto Preminger to acquire the rights. See more »


Zasha's scrapbook is titled "My Scrapbook of Fatal Accidence" (instead of "accidents"). See more »


Molly: What do you think you'll find just outside that door? Dontcha think the pusher knows what ya are and what ya need? Just to get through that next hour? Don't you know he's just waitin' for ya to come and get it? Go on, let him kill ya. Let him kill ya. It'll be quicker and better than doing it your way.
Frankie Machine: No. I won't let him kill me. No. And I won't run into no grave.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) See more »

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