The Joker Is Wild (1957)

The Joker Is Wild


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Frank Sinatra plays the troubled 1920s-era Chicago nightclub singer and comic Joe E. Lewis in this tuneful biopic. Joe's career as a singer is going fine until he derails it all by politely refusing to do a gig at a rival club. Unfortunately, that club is run by Al Capone.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
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Written By: Oscar Saul
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as Joe E. Lewis

as Martha Stewart

as Letty Page

as Austin Mack

as Cassie Mack

as Swifty Morgan

as Capt. Hugh McCarthy

as Georgie Parker

as Tim Coogan

as Burlesque Comedian

as Harry Bliss

as Johnson

as Dr. Pierson

as Runner

as Heckler

as Heckler

as Heckler

as Man in Hotel Suite

as Man in Hotel Suite

as Man in Hotel Suite

as Man in Hotel Suite

as Florist Truck Driver

as Doorman at Copacaban...

as Chorus Girl

as Man Shaving

as Letty's Husband

as Elevator Starter

as Straight Man

as Burlesque Girl

as Burlesque Girl

as Elevator Starter

as Doorman of the Valen...

as Photographer

as Nightclub Patron

as Heckler

as Ticket Seller/Cashie...

as Radio Announcer on L...

as Man in Hotel Suite

as Man in Hotel Suite

as Man in Hotel Suite
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Critic Reviews for The Joker Is Wild

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One of Sinatra's best performances.

Full Review… | August 8, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Joker Is Wild


Sinatra offers a good account of Joe E. Lewis in a film made during his most fruitful as an actor before the laziness of the Rat Pack years crept into his work. The moody black and white camera work also helps set the tone for this rather downbeat bio pic. As the two women in his life Jeanne Crain and Mitzi Gaynor both perform well but the really strong woman's role goes to Beverly Garland, always an underused and undervalued actress, as Eddie Albert's loyal wife. She is strong, gritty, sensible and sympathic as needs be doing a great deal with what could have been a nothing part.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

one of the best biopics i have ever seen. honest and authentic, its always great to see sinatra do serious acting and he was superb in the lead. the acting was great all around and the first act was 5 star quality. a great film.

danny d

Super Reviewer


Now don't laugh, okay? I believe Frank Sinatra is way underrated as an actor. I'm not talking about his singing here. I'm talking about pure acting talent. The more I see of him -- this is the first time I've seen this particular movie -- the more I'm impressed by his range. He really is good in both the comic and the dramatic arenas. If he never sang in any of his films, I think he would still stand out as a very fine actor.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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