Show Business: Frankie in Madison

The good news flashed through Madison, Ind. (pop. 10,500) like summer heat lightning. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was coming to town to shoot a $2,500,000 production of James Jones's bad bestselling novel, Some Came Running. Local businessmen came running with promises not to raise prices; local police pitched in to protect M-G-M props; the country club and five hotels and motels were turned over to the movie folk. Nothing so exciting had happened to the green, hilly little Ohio River town since P. T. Barnum brought Jenny Lind to sing in the Pork Palace in 1851.

Then Frank ("Lover Boy") Sinatra, the picture's hero, lounged...