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Director:
Writers:
Sydney Boehm (screenplay)
William L. Heath (novel)
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Release Date:
April 1955 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Victor Mature ... Shelley Martin
Richard Egan ... Boyd Fairchild
Stephen McNally ... Harper (bank robber)
Virginia Leith ... Linda Sherman

Tommy Noonan ... Harry Reeves, Bank Manager

Lee Marvin ... Dill, Bank Robber
Margaret Hayes ... Mrs. Emily Fairchild
J. Carrol Naish ... Chapman, Bank Robber

Sylvia Sidney ... Elsie Braden

Ernest Borgnine ... Stadt, Amish Farmer
Dorothy Patrick ... Helen Martin
Billy Chapin ... Steve Martin

Brad Dexter ... Gil Clayton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Stan (uncredited)
John Alderson ... Amish Farmer on Train (uncredited)
Ellen Bowers ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
Virginia Carroll ... Carol, Martin's Secretary (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Bart, Policeman (uncredited)

Kevin Corcoran ... David Stadt (uncredited)
Noreen Corcoran ... Anna Stadt (uncredited)
Ralph Dumke ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Donald Gamble ... Bobby Martin (uncredited)
Richard Garrick ... Mr. Braden (uncredited)
Raymond Greenleaf ... Mr. Fairchild (uncredited)
Robert Ivers ... Caddy, at Country Club (uncredited)
Helen Mayon ... Mrs. Pilka (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Slick (uncredited)
Ann Morrison ... Mrs. Martha Stadt (uncredited)
Richey Murray ... Georgie (uncredited)
Joyce Newhard ... Dorothy, Librarian (uncredited)
Sammy Ogg ... Boy Pedestrian (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Roy - Bartender (uncredited)

Dorothy Phillips ... Bank Customer (uncredited)
Florence Ravenel ... Miss Shirley, Bank Employee (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Fred Shellac ... Signalman at Fairchild Mine (uncredited)
Esther Somers ... Amish Woman on Train (uncredited)
Jeri Weil ... Amish Child on Train (uncredited)
Pat Weil ... Amish Child on Train (uncredited)
Mack Williams ... Drugstore Clerk (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Sydney Boehm (screenplay)

William L. Heath (novel)

Produced by
Buddy Adler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
 
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler  (as Louis Loeffler)
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Chester Bayhi 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Kay Nelson 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Henry Weinberger .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director
Harry Mancke .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
William Buffinger .... recordist (uncredited)
Ralph Hickey .... sound editor (uncredited)
Sam Woodward .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton R. Krasner .... director of photography: fill-in (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Teresa Brachetto .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Frank Pang .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Tom Pryor .... auditor (uncredited)
 

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90 min
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2.55 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)
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Trivia:
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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The Brandenville Broth., 4 May 2014
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Violent Saturday is directed by Richard Fleischer and adapted to screenplay by Sydney Boehm from the novel of the same name written by William L. Heath. It stars Victor Mature, Richard Egan, Lee Marvin, Stephen McNally, J. Carrol Naish, Tommy Noonan, Ernest Borgnine, Virginia Leith and Sylvia Sidney. Music is by Hugo Friedhoffer and cinematography by Charles G. Clarke.

Stand Pat and Resist Evil.

A simmering powder keg of criminality told in beautiful De Luxe and CinemaScope, Violent Saturday is one of the definitions of a slow burn movie that pays off with explosive aplomb.

The town of Brandenville is the scene of a planned bank robbery by a trio of baddies led by Harper (McNally). The narrative has the trio arrive in town and plan for the robbery, as they move about the populace, a whole bunch of sub-plots pop up to maintain maximum interest and to of course set up the drama involving the robbery and the subsequent attempts at a getaway.

I don't blame him – she moves like a Swiss watch.

The characters are prime noir dwellers, they range from thieving dames and tramp wives, to a peeping tom, a drunkard husband and also a guilt ridden father, and this before we even get to the villains! Who, with Marvin in prime Benzedrine sniffing scumbag mode (he thinks nothing of hurting children), are truly shifty operators personified.

The Arizona locale is beautifully utilised by Fleischer and Clarke, belying the harsh side of the human condition that comes roaring out the Brandenville traps as the pic enters the final third. There's some murky moralising in said last third that irritates, more so when it involves a badly miscast Borgnine as a Quaker! While one character strand is annoyingly left dangling.

So it's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. In fact some of the cast were less than enamoured with either their work on the film or the attitude of others around them. Yet, and while understanding the reticence of some to not afford it film noir status, it has the requisite characterisations and nasty bite to keep noiristas very happy indeed 7.5/10

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