The Man With the Golden Arm


Otto Preminger and controversy were never far apart. In The Man With the Golden Arm he confronts the subject of drug addiction, a subject so controversial in 1955 American that the film was released without approval. Telling the story of a musician, jailed for drug use, who tries to come clean but fails, the film stared Frank Sinatra and Eleanor Parker. Saul Bass, who worked with Preminger often, created one of his most famous images for this film, that of the paper cutout of the heroin addict’s arm. Saul Bass’s imagery was so powerful that when the film was re-released in  1960, a new full color poster was created. This is the 1960 re-release version.