|Come Blow Your Horn|
|Release Date: June 5, 1963|
Come Blow Your Horn
|The Bakers are a prosperous
Jewish family in the Yonkers district of New York with two very different sons. Buddy
(Tony Bill) is a naive 21-year-old who is eager to leave home and live
with his fun-loving, womanizing, 38-year-old brother Alan (Frank Sinatra).
Both sons work for their father's artificial wax fruit business, but
Alan spends far too much time cavorting with a ditsy blonde Peggy (Jill St. John), a
wannabe housewife Connie (Barbara Rush) and a Neiman-Marcus buyer from Dallas, Mrs.
Eckman (Phyllis McGuire). Buddy envies his brother's success with
women, and after learning the ropes from Alan, turns the tables and becomes an enthusiastic party guy while
Alan is finally coralled into
marriage by Connie.
Lee J. Cobb plays Henry Baker, the loud, aggrieved father of two "bums", and Molly Picon is simply brilliant as the overprotective, guilt-inducing Jewish mom who keeps closing the kitchen windows to stop neighbors from hearing Henry's loud outbursts. Sinatra is a natural in the role of Playboy and ironically was followed around on the set for a week by two interviewers for Playboy magazine (see the Sinatra interview in the February 1963 Playboy). During one party scene, a woman is hypnotized into believing she is a Senator with a compulsion to look everywhere for President Kennedy. Alan plays along by doing a very bad imitation of JFK, and as Alan turns to leave, the hypnotized woman says "Goodbye Mr. President."
Norman Lear wrote the screenplay based on a
successful Broadway production by playwright Neil Simon. Bud Yorkin
directed the movie which features costume design by Edith Head and
original music by Nelson Riddle. Sinatra, Cobb, St. John and Picon were
all nominated for Golden Globe Awards for their performances.