Double Dynamite

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For the Elvis Presley album, see Double Dynamite (album).
Double Dynamite
Double Dynamite 1951 cinema poster.jpg
Original US cinema poster
Directed by Irving Cummings
Produced by Irving Cummings, Jr.
Irwin Allen (uncredited)
Written by Leo Rosten
Mel Shavelson
Mannie Manheim
Harry Crane
Starring Jane Russell
Groucho Marx
Frank Sinatra
Music by Leigh Harline
Cinematography Robert De Grasse
Edited by Harry Marker
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures (US)
Release dates
  • December 25, 1951 (1951-12-25) (US)[1]
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Double Dynamite is a 1951 American musical comedy film directed by Irving Cummings and starring Jane Russell, Groucho Marx, and Frank Sinatra. The film was written by Leo Rosten, Mel Shavelson, Mannie Manheim, and Harry Crane.

The film was originally entitled It's Only Money, before RKO owner Howard Hughes changed the title to Double Dynamite as a reference to co-star Jane Russell's famous cleavage.[2]

Filmed prior to From Here to Eternity, the movie involves an innocent bank teller (Sinatra) suspected of embezzling who turns to a sardonic waiter (Groucho Marx) for advice. Although Sinatra has by far the most screen time, he took third billing behind Jane Russell and Groucho Marx. Most of the scenes are devoted to the interactions of Sinatra and Marx, who had just begun televising his radio show You Bet Your Life the year before and was in between his wilder Marx Brothers persona and the more toned-down television Groucho. Both Sinatra and Jane Russell play against type as a shy, timid pair, while Marx portrays a sarcastic waiter who breezily mentors the frightened young couple.

Jane Russell and Groucho Marx each sing a duet with Frank Sinatra written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn. Marx and Sinatra sing "It's Only Money", and Russell and Sinatra deliver the romantic "Kisses and Tears."

Filmed in 1948, it was held for several years after production, and released only in 1951. It was not a financial or critical success.[3]


Home media[edit]

Double Dynamite was released on DVD on May 13, 2008, both individually and as part of a box set of Sinatra movies.[4]


  1. ^ "Double Dynamite: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Darwin Porter, Howard Hughes: Hell's Angel (Blood Moon Productions, 2005), ISBN 978-0974811819, p. 725. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  3. ^ Tom Santopietro, Sinatra in Hollywood (Macmillan, 2009), ISBN 978-1429964746, pp. 115-116. Excerpts available at Google Books.
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