On Set With Sinatra

HOLM: I've always said I got along well with children. He was a kid. He wanted everything his way, and he wanted it now. That's a kid. If we were shooting a scene, he never wanted to rehearse. He thought the first take was generally the most spontaneous. But you see, rehearsal is what makes real spontaneity. Sinatra would say, "Come on, come on, come on." And then he'd say, "You want to rehearse it again?" And I'd say, "Yes, please."

Frank, of course, was terribly in love with Grace Kelly. And there was never a girl he couldn't get if he wanted. Of course, she regarded him as a nice kid from Hoboken. At the time he was just fascinated with her. Oh, it was obvious. Just obvious. Well, I don't think he'd ever known anyone as well-bred, quite frankly. I mean, her father may have been a bricklayer, but those nuns did their job. So this was quite an adventure for him. He asked her out, but she was engaged to the prince. She was busy.

GARRETT: We had a wonderful time rehearsing "On the Town." It was a very congenial group. We all kidded around a lot. Hugged each other when we came in, patted each other on the behind. But one day, I came in and gave Frank a pat on the behind and he scowled and said, "Don't do that!" I thought, what's the matter with him? And Gene Kelly explained that, when the men got fitted for their sailor suits, Frank was so thin--he weighed nothing--that he had to have a little false behind put into his. He was self-conscious about it, but he came around.

The first day we were filming "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," Frank had a close-up over my shoulder. When it was done, they were walking away and he said, "Hey! What about a close-up of my girl here?" They set up the cameras again, and I got my close-up. Another scene called for me picking him up and putting him over my shoulder. They wanted a double, but I said, "Wait, I can do it!" and I did. I never knew exactly how he felt about that.