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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

No, the BtSPotD column is not really leaving, but I had to think of a memorable Frank Sinatra lyric for today’s picture, which is a bit of a departure for the column. Don’t expect to see a ton of music behind the scenes images pop up here, but this one kind of screamed out “cool” to me

Sinatra is the man and was just as successful an actor as he was a singer. Alright, maybe not AS successful, but the man did win an Oscar and got to star in some of the best films ever made (FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, etc)

I only have the image and no backstory, so I can’t tell you what song this was for, but it’s clearly young Sinatra taking five with his orchestra in the background. Thanks to Shawn Tiano for digging this up! Hope you enjoy it!




Tomorrow’s pic smells like victory! See you then!

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  • Jan. 1, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Kind of a 'meh' pic to start of the year, no?

    by starmin76

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Quint, if you think the pic is cool . . .

    by DrMorbius

    that's all that matters. Not my cup of tea, but i'll get over it.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Very meh.

    by Fah-Cue

    It's "Ain't It Cool", not "Ain't It Everything Film". There's a thousand other movies cooler than this one.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Wonderful pic!

    by bass

    I like to see the serious Sinatra. I think he acquired kind of a happy-go-lucky, goofball image in his later years but the truth is that he was always VERY serious about his music. He hired the cream of the crop composer-wise and worked in tandem with them to make some of the greatest music ever. Great pic!

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Song = "Laura"

    by ArcherNX01

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Umm, so what?

    by Hairy Nutsack

    Most of these pics have been people sitting around or standing and doing nothing. I want to see the film process in action. I can find pics of Sinatra doing nothing all over the internet, how about him (or someone else) doing something interesting that we've never (or have rarely) seen before? The picture of Cagney (I think?) about to actually be shot at by the sharpshooter with the machinegun was INCREDIBLY interesting, this is just Sinatra sitting and reading? COME ON!!!

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    cool pic but...

    by Das UberMan!

    I'm really having a hard time visiting AICN with the Harry Centipede animation.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Hm. This sucks for two reasons.

    by StarWarsRedux

    One: As others here have said, it's a lackluster pic, and it isn't even clear at all what film it's from. Or if it's even from a film, at all. <p>Two: From the headline, I was expecting less a Sinatra pic, and more something from the production of Scorsese's "New York, New York".

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Thought it was gonna be Gremlins 2

    by Ronald Raygun

    Didn't that movie take place during New Years?

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    I'm npt sure if Gremlins 2 did

    by _Venkman

    But they definitely sing New York, New York courtesy of Christopher Lee

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    I was thinking the same thing: Gremlins 2

    by Kamaji

    I thought maybe there was some kind of behind-the-scenes pic showing something from that giant multi-puppet ending scene.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 1:35 a.m. CST

    also Gremlins 2

    by BaronMunchies

    Funny generational skew I guess.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    I think it is a very cool picture

    by dukeroberts

    It's not a movie picture, but it is cool. If it is indeed "Laura" that he is recording, it looks to be from the late Columbia early Capitol Records era of his career. His Capitol recordings were his best and swinginest.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Sinatra was in some good movies...

    by eustisclay

    ...and I love that his character fromThe Detective was sequelized in the book Mothing Lasts Forever which became Die hard(and thank god they didn't make a movie of that book with an aging Sinatra). But one film I keep waiting for in a good disc is suddenly with Sinatra as a presidential assassin. Great film. But while there are plenty of public domain copies out ther, I haven't been able to get any information on the discs themselves, specifically if they are in widescreen or not. I do have it on a widescreen laserdisc so that'll have to do for now.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Ditto on Gremlins 2

    by henrydalton

    A behind the scenes pic on that massive puppet lobby scene would have been great :(

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Purely a guess

    by Peter David

    Judging by his age and the fact that this appears to be a studio, this might be a recording session for laying down tracks for "Guys and Dolls." PAD

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    1- It's a cool pic. Screw the naysayers! 2- How on earth can anyone tell that it's "Laura"? 3- It's not *his* orchestra, is it? 4- "New York, New York" is a Sinatra song for people who only casually enjoy Sinatra, like "My Way." 5- I'm following Peter David?

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    The scrappy kid from Hoboken?

    by Cheif Brody

    Frank did more cool shit, amassed more power, fucked more broads and entertained more people than you haters will in 3 lifetimes. <p> Excellent pic, Quint. RIP Francis.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Sinatra was a punk

    by alienindisguise

    and only got to where he was by having mob ties. Dude had about as much singing talent as William Shatner.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Yeah, like when you see photos of kids from the 1910s or 20s and it's like, "this seems insanely long ago, but there's a fairly reasonable chance that the kids are still alive today."

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Actually thought it would be from Scorcese's New York, New York

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    with DeNiro and Minelli... Sinatra can't sing? Okay, that and Braindrain calling Alien boring are two of the most extreme, WTF, really? opinions I've come across AICN lately...

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by Marduk

    How original. Just list your top three movies Ryan. It's a simple thing.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    mikethespike- How to know it's Laura

    by ArcherNX01

    Though most of the lyrics are too pixelated, a few stand out thanks to the Jazz-stylized font. But fortunately, the musical notation is a far easier to read, due to the literal up-and-down nature of it. So, if you compare the lyrics to the musical phrasing, I'd say with 100% certainty that he's holding the lead sheet for "Laura". Oh & PS, I'm a little giddy in following up PAD as well.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by MikeTheSpike

    Jesus, I know I don't know nothing about musical notation, but that's a good eye. The only trouble I have with Laura is that everyone tends to do it in a very maudlin, schlocky way, like Stardust; two otherwise good tunes that tend to drone on and on.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Gotta tip my hat to Chief Brody...

    by HalJordan2814

    Well said. Well-played. Very nice. And very true.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 2

    by obidawsn

    Gremlins 2 didn't take place at New Year's, as far as I know. I don't remember anything about it. They did sing that New York song in the lobby, though. The only movie I can think of off the top of my head that took place at New Year's was Strange Days. I'm sure there were others, though. I'm sure Holiday Inn had some scenes at New Year's, but it didn't primarily take place then, so it wouldn't be known for that as much.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by shran

    All of your taste is apparently in your mouth.