'Ghost' Wakefield (Darin) is an idealistic jazzman who's happy to entertain the parklife and the inmates of old folks' homes and orphanages, if that's the only alternative to doing gigs at which he'd be forced to dilute the sound of his quintet. His agent (Chambers) is getting tired of his inflexibility and, frankly, you can see why.
Perhaps it's just that now all the great jazz players are dead, it's hard to identify with 'Ghost' Wakefield's neurotic ideas of artistic purity. It may be that they never made much sense. But the jumpy, freewheeling Cassavetes style - for which Darin's jazz, I suppose, is a metaphor - seems well worth fighting for.
cast Bobby Darin as John 'Ghost' Wakefield Stella Stevens as Jess Polanski Everett Chambers as Benny Flowers Nick Dennis as Nick Bobolenos Vince Edwards as Tommy Sheehan Val Avery as Milt Frielobe Marilyn Clark as Countess James Joyce as Reno Vitelli Rupert Crosse as Baby Jackson Mario Gallo as Recording Engineer Alan Hopkins as Skipper Camez Cliff Carnell as Charlie Richard Chambers as Pete Seymour Cassel as Red Allyson Ames as Billie Grey
Director: John Cassavetes
USA | 103 minutes | 1961