What has come to be the traditional version of the melody was also published in , as the verse to the song "You're My Baby," with music is attributed to Nat.
Several students of folk music have asserted that the song long predates the earliest published versions; according to Leonard Feather in his Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz  it was sung at the Siege of Vicksburg during the American Civil War  and Sandburg said it was widespread before , while John Jacob Niles reported that it emerged before Fuld, who suggests that it "is not so ancient as some of the folk-song writers would have one believe.
At least recordings of "Frankie and Johnny" have been made since the early 20th century. The very first recording was made in London in by American singer Gene Greene.
A recording by Elvis Presley became a gold record as the title song of a Presley movie. Thompson was a blind street singer from Winston-Salem , North Carolina. Ace Cannon recorded an instrumental version for his album Entertainer. Johnny Cash released this song under the title "Frankie's Man, Johnny" as his third Columbia single  Columbia , with " You Dreamer You " on the opposite side      in April In director and actor John Huston wrote and produced a puppet play titled Frankie and Johnnie based on the Frankie Baker case.
Comedian Harry Langdon performed the song in his short "The Fighting Parson," in a variant on his vaudeville routine originally performed in blackface. Mae West inserted her ballad in her successful Broadway play Diamond Lil. West sang the ballad again in her Paramount film She Done Him Wrong , which takes its title from the refrain, substituting genders.
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Alternate Versions. But somehow Mr. Marshall, Mr. McNally and their superb leading actors are able to retain the intimacy of their material. They also retain the story's fundamental wariness about romance, even when everything about Ms.
Pfeiffer and Mr. Pacino has the audience wondering why they don't simply fall into each other's arms. Pfeiffer plays dowdy. Marshall directs as if Marty had never happened.
Much attention was paid to the controversial casting choices of Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer , two actors perceived as "beautiful movie stars"  with Hollywood glamour, cast to play "lonely little people struggling to find love,"  originated by supposed "ordinary" actors Kenneth Welsh and Kathy Bates. While Pfeiffer has protested to interviewers that physical beauty cannot guarantee happiness, the fact remains that anyone as gorgeous as she is has a lot more options than someone who looks like Kathy Bates who originated the role on stage.
The star casting robs the material of some of its poignancy. That's not to say that Pfeiffer isn't pfantastic or that this isn't the pfeel-good movie of the season. It's just However, some critics commended Pfeiffer for her performance, notably Rolling Stone , who called it "a triumph. She is among that rarefied group of actresses Anjelica Huston , Meryl Streep whose work keeps taking us by surprise.
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Edit Cast Cast overview: Helen Morgan Frankie Chester MorrisOct 11, · Directed by Garry Marshall. With Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hector Elizondo, Nathan Lane. Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a café beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom.