Violent Saturday (1955)

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


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 <>

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The day all Hell broke loose !


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Release Date:

April 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les inconnus dans la ville  »

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Box Office


$955,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


In his biography, Ernest Borgnine reports that during the shooting Richard Fleischer asked Victor Mature to do a simple stunt which consisted to dive underneath a car, even with a big hole in the ground. And Mature refused because he had a motorcycle accident in the past on a shooting. See more »


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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Ahead of its time
13 March 2000 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Thanks to FXM we can now see the widescreen version of Violent Saturday. Its a terrific, tense crime drama that must have been somewhat controversial in 1955. Certainly the onscreen violence is stronger than anything else I've seen from the period, except possibly Richard Widmark shoving the wheelchair down the stairs in Kiss of Death. There are definitely some hints of the future Hollywood of Sam Peckinpah--the sadistic Lee Marvin grinding a little boys hand into the ground, and a bearded Ernest Borgnine using a pitchfork on Lee towards the end of the film. Well worth catching.

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