Drama / Musical (1954) 117 minutes ~ Color
When song-writer Alex Burke (Gig Young) enters the lives of the musical Tuttle family, each of the three daughters falls for him. His personality is a match for Laurie Tuttle (Doris Day), both she and Alex seemingly made for each other. Soon they are engaged, although, when a friend of Alex’s, Barney Sloan (Frank Sinatra) comes to the Tuttle home to help with some musical arrangements, complications arise. His bleak outlook on life couldn’t be any more contradictory to that of Laurie’s and Alex’s, and although the family welcomes Barney into their lives, a feeling of genuine self-worth escapes him, even after both he and Laurie fall in love and marry. Barney, with a black cloud perpetually hanging over his head, decides one evening to kill himself by driving on a snowy night into traffic with his headlamps turned off. Barney lives, and with a new found affirmation of life, finally writes the song he had been working on, finding his self-esteem in the arms of Laurie.
Director: Gordon Douglas
Writers: Julius J. Epstein (screenplay), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay), Liam O’Brien adaptation and Fannie Hurst (story)
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and Gig Young