Secret Sinatra Tapes to Be Aired September 23, 2003 While in his prime in the 1950s, Frank Sinatra recorded more than 60 songs on his own 35-millimeter camera, films that have been sitting in a family vault ever since. That treasure trove of performances might have stayed among the racks of film canisters in Sinatra's family archives if producer James Sanna hadn't contacted the family with his idea to build a new, live show using technology and film of Sinatra performing to make him "come alive again." The never-before-seen performances will be broadcast during Correspondent Charlie Rose's report on the season premiere of 60 Minutes II, Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Sanna knew Sinatra recorded a television series and began searching for that footage. However, he didn't know that Sinatra had shot something extra. "He was a visionary... Almost every other television show that was filmed during the late '50s was using a technology called kinescope, which is low-grade, out of focus, mono," says Sanna. "Frank knew that wouldn't stand up to the test of time, so what he did at his own expense, he had a lockdown 35-millimeter camera actually shooting his performance as he stared right into the camera." Sanna enlisted the help of film restorer Keith Robinson, who discovered the Sinatra films at the family's archives in Los Angeles. Robinson calls the never-before-seen tapes historical -- saying the footage is "some of the best performances Frank Sinatra ever gave." When Rose asks Robinson what he saw that made him think he found something "historical" among the Sinatra family archives, Robinson responds, "A bunch of unmarked cans... with very little labeling, and I popped open the first can, and the waft of vinegar came out... Everybody was going, `What's that smell?'" The smell was a sign that the film had deteriorated over time, and some of it had, but not enough to prevent Robinson and his team from repairing it. Robinson tells Rose that the films were covered with scratches, editor's pencil marks and even adhesive tape. Those film cans also contained about a dozen strange essays by Sinatra on love, life and suicide, which Sinatra reportedly once tried. He wrote: "Now, if you've been clobbered by love, it isn't cricket to take the gas, you know? And dangling by your necktie is against the rules, too. And never make hors d'oeuvres with the ant paste. And by all means, keep off those tall buildings. In fact, jump only when the phone rings."