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Violent Saturday (1955)

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

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Shelley Martin
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Boyd Fairchild
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Harper (bank robber)
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Linda Sherman
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Harry Reeves, Bank Manager
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Dill, Bank Robber
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Mrs. Emily Fairchild
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Elsie Braden
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Stadt, Amish Farmer
Dorothy Patrick ...
Helen Martin
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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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The day all Hell broke loose !


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20 April 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les inconnus dans la ville  »

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$955,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Film's premiere was planned for Lancaster, PA, an Amish community but the town mayor,Kendig Bare, refused to permit the screening because he deemed the movie too violent and sexy. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Emily Fairchild: Would you like me to have you thrown out?
Linda Sherman: Why don't you get mad enough to try it. All I want is an excuse to pull that hair right out of your stupid head.
[Mrs. Emily Fairchild looks away]
Linda Sherman: Guess you don't have the guts.
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An excellent little picture, smart and menacing...
20 September 2001 | by (Newcastle) – See all my reviews

This is a gem, an excellent little picture, smart and menacing. If you're a fan of '50's pictures, particularly crime melodramas then this is a must-see. The plot is simple. A small town is visited by three hoods (Stephen McNally,Lee Marvin,J.Carroll Naish) intent on holding up the bank. The film revolves around their plans and folowing the lives of the townsfolk, who, oblivious to the villains in their midst, go about their mundane, everyday problematic lives until the saturday the two worlds collide. Richard Fleischer made an excellent job of this potboiler,which manages to sustain the tension managed in more celebrated films(High Noon) as the villains arrange their plot to rob the town. There's a stellar cast on display, McNally, Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Sylvia Sidney and even the normally lifeless performances given by the film's principal, Victor Mature, doesn't happen in this case. It's shot in terrific colour and has a genuine air of small town claustrophobia and menace. Check it out.


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