Tony Mastroianni Review Collection

New Sinatra Movie Strictly for Fun

Cleveland Press 1963

"Come Blow Your Horn," a so-so stage comedy, has been considerably enhanced by giving it the full Hollywood treatment. The emphasis through out has been to be entertaining, and in that the film is successful.

This is the story of an irresponsible, fun- and girl loving bachelor, who takes his boyish kid brother under his wing and transforms him into an image of himself.

There is also their ferocious father who considers his elder son a bum, because any man over 30 who isn't married is a bum.

The situations are predicable, the gags reminiscent, but the whole is carried forward at a jaunty pace and in high spirits.

Sinatra Plays Rogue

Frank Sinatra is well cast as the bachelor rogue, and if he seems to be playing himself most of the time that's all right -- the part is conceived in the Sinatra image.

Lee J. Cobb steals the picture (as he should. he has the best part) as the irascible father who goes about slamming doors and shouting at his family.

Molly Picon, the darling of the Yiddish theater who was at the Hanna recently, also shines in her role as the suffering wife and the mother. One scene, in which she tries to cope with several ringing telephones, is a bright spot in the picture.

Another Idol

A newcomer, Tony Bill, plays the kid brother. His acting is easy and his looks and manner are the sort that will endear him to the younger feminine set.

Jill St. John is the shapely, empty-headed sex pot and Barbara Rush the beautiful girl with marriage on her mind.

There is some clever camera work, particularly a scene in which the participants are viewed from the inside of refrigerator. It's ingenious but not new. Jack Webb did it a few years ago in "Jack Kelley's Blues," but that was from the inside of a pizza oven.

Anyway, if it's light entertainment you are looking for, "Come Blow Your Horn" is it.