Q: I loved Frank Si­na­tra in From Here to Eter­nity, but he wasn’t the first choice for the role. Why was that? —Becky M., Eden Prairie, Minn.

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A: In 1953, Si­na­tra wasn’t known for play­ing dra­matic parts, and his mu­si­cal-heavy movie ca­reer was on the wane. But when Eli Wal­lach, who was orig­i­nally cast as Pri­vate Mag­gio, had a sched­ul­ing con­flict, Si­na­tra cam­paigned hard for the role. Con­trary to ru­mors that arose af­ter Mario Puzo wrote a sim­i­lar sce­nario into The God­fa­ther, a horse’s head was not sent to stu­dio chief­tain Harry Cohn on the ac­tor’s be­half.

From Here to Eter­nity (now on Blu-ray in a 60thanniver­sary edi­tion) earned Si­na­tra only $8,000—but won him an Os­car.

Frank Si­na­tra and Donna Reed in From Here to Eter­nity

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