I love Sinatra in comedies because he is such a natural. Between his innocent blue eyes, sunken demeanor and serious expression he exudes a certain 'little boy lost' charm. He could have done slapstick but that was not his era. The women in his comedies are often gorgeous and silly with usually just one serious female lead...the one that intends to land him.
In this role, Sinatra is the eldest son raised in a strict Jewish home with a typical doting mother and overly emotional father. The parents are very key in this film and both absolutely SHINE in their appointed roles. Sinatra is working in his fathers plastic fruit business and maintaining a well appointed apartment that has been literally, given him by one of his female suitors. He is too proud to be a kept man but he is not at all opposed to being tenderly coddled by his various love interests. He will prove to have many female suitors in this role, all from various walks of life - each interesting and unique and some, noted actresses whose day was yet to come.
Sinatra may think he has the wool pulled over his strict fathers eyes but he doesn't....not in the least. The rows between him and his father are increasingly noisy but harmless and shot through with deep family concern. All 'dad' really wants is for his sons to be married and begin raising families. As the eldest, Sinatra is getting up there in years - approaching thirty no doubt in this role but his adoring younger brother wants nothing more than to emulate big brother - in all ways. Little brother wants no part of the family fruits, literally and moves in with big brother who welcomes him with open arms, taking care to show him the ropes of life in the big city. As Sinatra moves through the process, little brother learns more from watching big brother than listening and begins to take over his somewhat famous brothers womanizing bachelor role.
Needless to say, this creates a growing tension between the two brothers that finally erupts in a wild party that little brother throws in big brothers bachelor pad. Big brother walks in on it and in fatherly fashion, rails at little brother and disciplines him before his new crowd of friends. Meanwhile, Sinatras serious love interest has forced him to make a choice; marriage or immorally live together. The pressure from all sides leads not to an explosive ending but a realization....what Sinatra really wants is a simple life with one girl, the right girl. The ending falls together beautifully when his parents arrive (after their own quarrel over the boys has sent them both spinning in different directions) to meet Sinatra and new WIFE. Little brother meanwhile, steps into big brothers old role, old apartment and womanizing lifestyle...with hopefully some new lessons learned.
Not a movie that directly reflects quality lifestyle values despite no actual sexual scenes, nudity or heavy use of foul language...but a lesson is learned in the film that does reinforce the importance of committed love and of family ties.