Frank Sinatra had a voice that was mesmerizing in person and evocative in recordings. It was ideally suited for the big screen as well. His 100 musical performances in motion pictures reveal a vocalist who almost from the start recognized how the camera could enhance his artistry as much as the microphone did. Sinatra came to Hollywood right before he began his solo career, and within a few years he was just as big at the box office as he was on stage and in recordings.
Although he had his ups and downs, both professionally and personally, Sinatra’s ability to magically convey the inner heart of whatever he sang remained undiminished on film. Media historian Brian Rose surveys Sinatra’s extraordinary Hollywood musical career, which began with uncredited appearances with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and continued through his celebrated days with the Rat Pack.