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The Tender Trap

The Tender Trap(1955)

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The film opens with an extreme long shot of Frank Sinatra singing the title song. He then walks toward the camera, and when his image comes into medium-shot range, the camera begins to track with him. As he sings the words "tender trap," the film's title appears on the screen. The film ends in a similiar fashion, as its four stars sing the title song. Although a January 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Robert Paul Smith, the co-author of the play, was hired to write the film's screenplay, the extent of Smith's contribution to the final screenplay has not been determined. A June 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item lists Casey Adams in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. May 1955 Hollywood Reporter news items state that Mitzi Gaynor and Barbara Darrow were considered for roles in the film. The title song " (Love Is) The Tender Trap" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, and became a hit record for Sinatra.