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(1954)

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This is the film that Lee Harvey Oswald supposedly watched just a few days before assassinating President John F. Kennedy.
Contrary to popular belief this film was NOT withdrawn from circulation at Frank Sinatra's behest, as he had no say in the matter. His own family has gone to great lengths through the years to dispel this rumor.
In the colorized version Frank Sinatra (Ol' Blue Eyes) is given brown eyes.
Montgomery Clift turned down the lead role.
After the film was withdrawn from circulation, there was a failure to renew the copyright and it fell into the public domain. As a result, in the early years of home video, the film became widely available from a number of discount/public domain labels
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.
Shot in four weeks.
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The movie playing at the Suddenly movie theater is Beachhead (1954) starring Tony Curtis and Frank Lovejoy.
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The production company that made the movie was Libra Productions. Libra is a book that is a fictionalized version of the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, also allegedly a presidential assassin.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Paul Frees is heard as the voice of the baseball announcer, shortly after his character Benny Conklin is gunned down in the back alleys.

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