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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
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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 rifle the gangsters are using is a German Gewehr 43, also known as a G43 or a Gew 43. It is semi-automatic and fires an 8mm cartridge. It is well-suited for the task they are undertaking. See more »

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When Pidge swaps guns, the Schick electric shaver in the drawer changes positions in different camera angles. 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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Not bad for a buck!
23 April 2005 | by (Middle TN) – See all my reviews

Got this on DVD at the .99 store for...well you know. There's some decent movies for that price there.

Sinatra is the best actor in this movie. I enjoyed Sterling Hayward in Kubrick's The Killing and then bought his autobiography, The Wanderer. I enjoy the character actors in such movies but best of all the actual scenery representing life in 1954--that's history brought to life. I love seeing the store fronts, cars, dress and cultural norms. Great stuff.

As stated, Hayward has a machine gun acting style--made for the B movie. He's a natural actor yet I get the idea he never really worked at his craft. Sinatra looks mean and has the look about him--the stare in his eye that indicates a lion inside. He would have made a great gangster actor.


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