Come Blow Your Horn

Art it ain't, fun it is. That about sums up Come Blow Your Horn. Like its legit parent, the screen version of Neil Simon's Jewish-oriented family comedy is a superficial but diverting romp.

With:
Frank Sinatra Lee J. Cobb Molly Picon Barbara Rush Jill St John Tony Bill

Art it ain’t, fun it is. That about sums up Come Blow Your Horn. Like its legit parent, the screen version of Neil Simon’s Jewish-oriented family comedy is a superficial but diverting romp.

The simple yarn is concerned with two brothers at opposite extremities of bachelorhood, the older one (Frank Sinatra) ultimately passing into a more mature, responsible phase of life when he sees in his younger brother’s (Tony Bill) sensual excesses the reflection of a ferocious personality no longer especially becoming or appealing to him. This is mighty good news to his long-suffering father, a wax fruit manufacturer from Yonkers for whom any unmarried man over 30 is a bum.

Sinatra’s role is perfectly suited to his rakish image. It also affords him an opportunity to manifest his most consummate talent – that of singer. He warbles the lilting title tune.

But it’s Lee J. Cobb who steals the show (albeit in the juiciest part) with what might be described as a ‘bum’-bastic portrayal of the explosively irascible old man who is forever appearing at the front door of his son’s apartment when more glamorous company is expected.

Tony Bill makes a fairly auspicious screen bow as the younger brother. Barbara Rush is attractive as the girl who eventually gets Sinatra, and Jill St John is flashy as a guilelessly accommodating sexpot.

1963: Nomination: Best Color Art Direction

Come Blow Your Horn

Production: Paramount. Director Bud Yorkin; Producer Norman Lear, Bud Yorkin; Screenplay Norman Lear; Camera William H. Daniels; Editor Frank P. Keller; Music Nelson Riddle;; Art Director Hal Pereira, Roland Anderson

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1963. Running time: 112 MIN.

With: Frank Sinatra Lee J. Cobb Molly Picon Barbara Rush Jill St John Tony Bill

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