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Suddenly (1954)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 September 1954 (USA)
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In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.

Director:

Lewis Allen

Writer:

Richard Sale (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... John Baron
Sterling Hayden ... Sheriff Tod Shaw
James Gleason ... Pop Benson
Nancy Gates ... Ellen Benson
Kim Charney Kim Charney ... Peter Benson III - 'Pidge'
Willis Bouchey ... Dan Carney
Paul Frees ... Benny Conklin
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Bart Wheeler
James O'Hara ... Jud Hobson (as James Lilburn)
Kem Dibbs Kem Dibbs ... Wilson (as Ken Dibbs)
Clark Howat ... Haggerty
Charles Smith ... Bebop
Paul Wexler ... Slim Adams
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Storyline

The tranquility of a small town is marred only by sheriff Tod Shaw's unsuccessful courtship of widow Ellen Benson, a pacifist who can't abide guns and those who use them. But violence descends on Ellen's household willy-nilly when the U.S. President passes through town... and slightly psycho hired assassin John Baron finds the Benson home ideal for an ambush. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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SINATRA... tears loose with a gun in his hand! SINATRA... out to get the No. 1 man in the nation! SINATRA... as a kill-hungry hoodlum! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Attentäter See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Libra Productions Inc. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Per Ben Markowitz during the movie introduction on August 1 2018, "Sinatra, a friend of JFK, used his influence to get Suddenly pulled from distribution for a time" See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, after Ellen tells Tod that she'll pick him up after church, she gets in her car and pulls away from the curb with no regard for the guy in the oncoming Buick a mere few yards away. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
First Driver: Officer, can you tell me the way to Three Rivers?
Slim Adams: About two miles to the first main intersection, then turn left. It's about sixty miles.
First Driver: Thanks, what town is this?
Slim Adams: Suddenly.
First Driver: Suddenly what?
Slim Adams: No no, that's the name.
First Driver: [laughs] That's a funny name for a town.
Slim Adams: Uh huh, hangover from the old days; that's the way things used to happen here, suddenly.
First Driver: I see.
[...]
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in Sinatra, a Song for the FBI (2007) See more »

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Chock full o' Implausability, but...
18 April 2012 | by zeebrite-321-220768See all my reviews

...Sinatra is great as hired assassin John Baron who's half million dollar job is to off the POTUS when his train stops in Suddenly, California.

If you've ever read Black Mask or any of the old crime pulps, Suddenly has that kind of vibe. Tough, highly stylized talk and attitude takes center stage in spite of any lick of logical behavior or plot coherence. I'm serious here, kids, the story is a mess. So, the decent 7 rating is for one reason only: Blue Eyes is that good.

A must see for Sinatra fans and a definite gripper for those who can really, really, really suspend disbelief.


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