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Suddenly (1954)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  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.

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John Baron
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Sheriff Tod Shaw
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Pop Benson
Nancy Gates ...
Ellen Benson
Kim Charney ...
Peter Benson III - 'Pidge'
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Dan Carney
Paul Frees ...
Benny Conklin
Christopher Dark ...
Bart Wheeler
James O'Hara ...
Jud Hobson (as James Lilburn)
Kem Dibbs ...
Wilson (as Ken Dibbs)
Clark Howat ...
Haggerty
Charles Smith ...
Bebop
Paul Wexler ...
Slim Adams
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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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A cold-blooded thriller! See more »


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When Baron's accomplice grabs hold of the rifle on the electrified table, his seizures cause him to fire at least 26 rounds from the 20-round magazine. No empty cartridges are ejected during the sequence. See more »

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[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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Suddenly is just OK
21 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was prepared to be really wowed by this film, because I think Frank Sinatra was a phenomenal actor, and I've always loved Sterling Hayden.

I think the subject matter and themes of war patriot vs. war killer and pacifist vs. non-pacifist had tremendous potential. But the script was absolutely horribly written. Even for the times, the dialog was corny & stilted & preachy. I felt like I was watching some old "Dragnet" episode. The characters were so superficially drawn I didn't feel like I really got to know any of them.

I'm glad I watched it just to see an old movie with Frank Sinatra, whose films are always interesting, but I wouldn't watch this one over. It just felt like an old TV show to me. If you want to see a well-done "assassination" thriller, see "The Manchurian Candidate".


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