POEM: The Helsinki SequelMore Info
Skinny Frank Sinatra played the role in the original.
Remember? Elsa Lancaster, his wealthy mother,
married to a right-wing senator,
a Joe McCarthy clone, without a single scruple?
Also in the all-star cast, to name a fabled few:
Angela Lansbury, Laurence Harvey,
and 1960 Psycho star Janet Leigh.
The Manchurian Candidate was released in ‘62.
And now we have this remake,
starring … is it John Barron or Miller or David Dennison?
(It all depends on who he’s talking to and when.)
A Putin-puppet, he’s heftier than Frank. Looks more like
Sydney Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon,
whose character’s name – you may recall — was Gutman.
The plot of the Helsinki remake
is much the same as the Sinatra flick,
the main difference
one was entertaining fiction, the other factual and deeply