Bing Crosby was 12 years older than Frank Sinatra, but their careers pretty much overlapped for the 37 years from 1941 to 1977, when Crosby died. They formed a mutual admiration society and appeared together on TV and radio and, most memorably, in the 1960 film High Society. So why the disparity in the degree to which they are remembered?
I was recently chatting with filmmaker Edward Burns who was excitedly talking about his new drama series, Public Morals, which premieres on August 25 on TNT. He was grateful that I'd found the series compelling with a host of outstanding elements from cinematography, set design and costuming to music.
Before Frank Sinatra died he gave a bunch of music to his long-time musical director Vincent Falcone and said, "Vinnie, just keep the music going, that's all." Honoring Sinatra's wishes, Bob Anderson, deemed by People magazine as "America's greatest singing impressionist," is performing at The Palazzo Theatre in Las Vegas in Frank: The Man, The Music.
Joe Leland is a man out of his time who's determined to stay relevant, even though the rest of the world has given up on his post-WW II era idealism and decayed into corruption. Much like the film itself, Joe has one foot in the past and one stubbornly planted in the present and future, on his terms.