Cinema: The Big Yawn

In Tony Rome, Frank Sinatra appears as a private eye for the first time. That fact may be of some interest to members of his immediate family, and the film may appeal to boosters of Miami Beach, which has seldom sparkled so prettily as it does here in Panavision-DeLuxe. Others are likely to find the movie nothing more than a blatantly inept, uncredited remake of Humphrey Bogart's 1946 The Big Sleep.

That Sinatra is no Bogart is hardly news. What is more to the point is that neither Screen Writer Richard Breen nor Director Gordon Douglas affords him much opportunity to be...

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