Those of who aren’t (sorry to be blunt, but) our parents, know Frank Sinatra more for his movies than his songs. For that, Timothy Knight’s SINATRA: HOLLYWOOD HIS WAY is as fine an overview of that half of the Chairman of the Board’s distinguished career that I’ve seen.
The man did comedies, dramas, mysteries, Westerns and, of course, all those Rat Pack films. Most entries in Sinatra’s filmography get their own chapters in this heavy hardback, with the introductions to each from Knight (not too little, not too much) that yield space to glorious, full-color still photos and poster art.
Organized chronologically, the gift-ready book hits all the high points (for me, that’s LADY IN CEMENT, if only for Raquel Welch’s prime bikini bod) and doesn’t fail to at least mention the lows. I’m looking at you, CANNONBALL RUN II. —Rod Lott