c1968 The Detective Frank Sinatra Uniform from Debbie Reynolds


A fine original NYPD Police Officer’s uniform that was worn by the Hollywood legend Frank Sinatra as Joe Leland in the 1968 neo-noir crime film ‘The Detective’.

The uniform consists of the jacket, trousers, shirt and cap and was exhibited for years in the famous actress Debbie Reynolds’ Hollywood Museum, in Las Vegas. The museum opened in 1995, but it ran into financial difficulty and closed. She would later complain of a lack of support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who declined to house much of her memorabilia. Debbie Reynolds spent decades acquiring items from the best known Hollywood films, including the famous white dress Marilyn Monroe wore in The Seven Year Itch and a collection of tuxedos belonging to the Rat Pack. She and her daughter, the famous actress Carrie Fisher also had Star Wars memorabilia, from her role as Princess Leia. The mother and daughter lived at the same property in Beverly Hills, where they had amassed an array of memorabilia. Tragically, both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds died within one day of each other and their heirs sold the collection in Autumn 2017, through the ‘Profiles in History’ auction house in Beverly Hills. Parade Antiques purchased the Frank Sinatra uniform at the time. The uniform is in very good condition. There is also an original cinema poster of the film, that came with it.

The Detective was directed by Gordon Douglas, produced by Aaron Rosenberg and starred Frank Sinatra. It was based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Roderick Thorp. Sinatra’s co-stars include Lee Remick, Jacqueline Bisset, Jack Klugman, William Windom and Robert Duvall, with a script by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Abby Mann. The Detective marked a move towards a more "adult" approach to depicting the life and work of a police detective, while confronting previously taboo subjects such as homosexuality. Here, the detective in question is Joe Leland, who is trying to juggle marital issues with a murder case that seemed to be open-and-shut at first but runs much deeper than he could have imagined.

Mary Frances Reynolds (1932-2016), known professionally as Debbie Reynolds, was an American actress, singer, and businesswoman. Her career spanned almost 70 years. She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words, and her breakout role was her first leading role, as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain (1952). Her other successes include The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), Susan Slept Here (1954), Bundle of Joy (1956 Golden Globe nomination), The Catered Affair (1956 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Winner), and Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), in which her performance of the song "Tammy" reached number one on the Billboard music charts.