These photos were taken during rehearsals for the 30th Academy Awards, held on March 26, 1958. Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas performed a silly musical comedy number written by Frank Sinatra’s favored songwriters, Sammy Kahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, “It’s Great Not to Be Nominated.” The bit was performed just before the Best Actor award was presented. The song’s cringe worthy lyrics poked fun at the five nominees:
“There’s Marlon Brando, Hi ya’ll/That corny southern drawl.”
“Anthony Franciosa, you’ve got our vote/If he wins I’ll cut my throat.”
“Charles Laughton, he’s great/Yeah, if you’re voting for weight.”
“Anthony Quinn, isn’t he uncanny/Your *father* would look great in a scene with Magnani.”
“Alec flew all the way from Britain/Bully, Burt that’s why my teeth are grittin’”
The three nominees present reacted in different ways; Marlon Brando smiled and waved to the pair, Anthony Franciosa nervously chomped gum, though wife Shelley Winters roared with laughter at his expense, Anthony Quinn was also amused--no nerves from a two-time Oscar winner.