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Violent Saturday (1955)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  April 1955 (USA)
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Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly.

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Cast

Cast overview:
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Shelley Martin
Richard Egan ...
Boyd Fairchild
Stephen McNally ...
Harper (bank robber)
Virginia Leith ...
Linda Sherman
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Harry Reeves, Bank Manager
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Dill, Bank Robber
Margaret Hayes ...
Mrs. Emily Fairchild
J. Carrol Naish ...
Chapman, Bank Robber
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Elsie Braden
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Stadt, Amish Farmer
Dorothy Patrick ...
Helen Martin
Billy Chapin ...
Steve Martin
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Gil Clayton
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Storyline

A number of otherwise insignificant small-town stories erupt into drama when a gang of hoodlums decides to rob the local bank. A father looking for pride in his son's eyes, a timid clerk who is a peeping tom by night, a man striving to rewin his wife's love, an Amish farmer faced with viciousness, and a proper older woman turned thief, all find themselves entangled with the bank robbers as a peaceful weekend turns violent. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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April 1955 (USA)  »

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Les inconnus dans la ville  »

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The film was shot in Utah near the Bingham Canyon mine, now owned by Kennecott Copper. Most of the small towns used as locations no longer exist, they are part of the pit. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Martin: [while bank is being robbed] Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
Chapman, Bank Robber: C'mere kid. C'mere!
[offers candy]
Chapman, Bank Robber: Stick these in your kisser and go suck on 'em. Now go back to your mother.
Chapman, Bank Robber: Thank you!
Chapman, Bank Robber: You're welcome.
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Edited into Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase (1965) See more »

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Great Cinematography
28 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The wide-screen format was at most only two years old when this film was made. Yet, Charles G. Clarke's shot composition in the new wide-screen format is beautiful. This alone makes the film worth watching.

This is a good example of a color film noir; perhaps not as good as Niagara (1953) or Leave her to Heaven (1945), which were made by the same studio by the way (20th Century Fox), but still a good example from the noir cycle in color.

One way to understand film noir is that it is simply violent melodrama. Look at The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) for example. Violent Saturday (1955) is steeped in melodrama, but there is also some extraordinary violence. And the violence here--in typical noir fashion--is the resolution--however bleak--to some of the melodramatic conflict.

The film has a profound cynicism grinding beneath the surface of the beautiful color photography. And this cynicism remains at the end of the film.

If you haven't seen this film and you are interested in film noir or film of this period, then I would highly recommend the Violent Saturday.


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