The last hour of “All or Nothing”

Sinatra’s darker side comes out in the last quarter of the series. I won’t reveal anything, but adulation of him as a person gets difficult. His “imperfections” as one narrator refers to them are pretty unsettling, and his magnificent voice falters in the last decade of his life. By the end of the series I left still enamored of the performer but disappointed in the man.

Spoiler alert: You will see only baby Nancy, but grownup Nancy is not mentioned. You will have to go to You-Tube to see her perform “These Boots Were Made For Walking”. I suspect, based on the film, that her father was horrified.

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  1. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you. Could it be a message to her father? I’ll watch to find out.

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  2. Actually, I just read about her (omg–she’s 80!!) and it looks like it was okay: they sang together a lot and she was on his Reprise record label. But she’s not in any of the accompanying narrative. The younger daughter, Tina, Frank Jr.and Nancy senior (who lived to be 101) are a major source of narration.

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    1. Interesting that both Nancy Sr. and Frank Jr. died the year after this documentary was aired. I enjoyed the old film footage of Hollywood, New York, New Jersey especially. He had quite a career and I had no idea about his anti bigotry campaigns. I went to see Robert Townsend at the Marsh in Berkeley and he talked about how Sinatra invited him to Las Vegas for his birthday party. Townsend was subjected to racist jokes by Don Rickles, but he realized this was roast and was part of his being accepted. For Robert Townsend to say something like that seemed odd but Sinatra and the Pack must have meant well? Don’t think it would fly today. Ava Gardner, ooo la la! I read more about Mia Farrow — had forgotten all about that chapter. I don’t believe what he said about his involvement in the mob being minimal. What else was he gonna say????? Thanks for the recommendation.

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