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Suddenly! (1954)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | September 1954 (USA)
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
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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)
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Haggerty
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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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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 »


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September 1954 (USA)  »

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The movie playing at the Suddenly movie theater is Beachhead (1954) starring Tony Curtis and Frank Lovejoy. See more »

Goofs

When Sheriff Shaw is making the phone call from the railway station, the mouthpiece jumps between an upper and a lower position in the long and close-up shots. 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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Referenced in Sinatra raconté par le FBI (2007) See more »

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Sinatra shines!
7 July 2004 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

I found this at an "everything $1.00 store" and bought it just because Sinatra was in it. What a find!! The film is really slow and poorly acted until Sinatra shows up about 20 minutes in but then becomes MUCH better. This is written right after Brando died and all the obituaries said he changed acting with his facial expressions and emotions right out there for the world to see, but it seems to me Old Blue Eyes deserves some of the same credit. In 1954 when this was made, everybody was reading their lines and standing very straight but in this film Sinatra breaks those rules and shows us into the mind and heart of a man badly damaged by his war experiences.

If you get a chance to see this by all means do it!


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