Some Came Running (1958)

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In the post-war, the alcoholic and bitter veteran military and former writer Dave Hirsch returns from Chicago to his hometown Parkman, Indiana. He is followed by Ginnie Moorehead, a vulgar ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dave Hirsh
Bama Dillert
Ginnie Moorehead
Gwen French
Frank Hirsh
Edith Barclay
Leora Dana ...
Agnes Hirsh
Betty Lou Keim ...
Dawn Hirsh
Larry Gates ...
Professor Robert Haven French
Steve Peck ...
Raymond Lanchak (as Steven Peck)
Connie Gilchrist ...
Jane Barclay
Ned Wever ...


In the post-war, the alcoholic and bitter veteran military and former writer Dave Hirsch returns from Chicago to his hometown Parkman, Indiana. He is followed by Ginnie Moorehead, a vulgar and easy woman with whom he spent his last night in Chicago that has fallen in love with him. The resentful Dave meets his older brother Frank Hirsh, who owns a jewelry store and is a prominent citizen of Parkman that invites him to have dinner with his family. Dave meets his sister-in-law Agnes that hates him since one character of his novel had been visibly inspired on her, and his teenage niece Dawn. Frank introduces the school teacher Gwen French to him and Dave feels attracted by the beautiful woman that is daughter of his former Professor Robert Haven French and idolizes his work as writer. However, his unrequited love with Gwen drives Dave back to the local bar where he befriends the professional gambler Bama Dillert and meets Ginnie again with the Chicago's mobster Raymond Lanchak that was ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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$45,000 was paid for the rights to James Jones original novel. See more »


Although the movie is set in 1948, several cars from as late as the mid-1950s can be seen in the background in certain scenes. See more »


Dave Hirsh: A little talent to a writer means about as much as a little talent to a brain surgeon.
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Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
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Excllent Drama With Memorable Characters
1 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

I haven't read the James Jones novel on which this film is based so I can't comment on the movie as an adaption. But as a film standing alone Some Came Running was a very enjoyable experience. All the players are very convincing in their roles. Sinatra as usual mixes world weariness and hope better than just about anyone. His wonderful voice here is as good as its reputation. Shirley MacClaine who was Oscar nominated for this role is also memorable as the simple party girl with an unrequited love for Dave Hirsh. Mention must also be made of the actress who played the school teacher. She perfectly nailed some very difficult scenes that required her to subtly change beats. Dean Martin's sidekick character was also very entertaining. Highly recommended! 9/10.

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