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Release Date:
18 December 1958 (USA) See more »
From the bold, new novel by the author of "From Here To Eternity" See more »
Dave Hirsch, a writer and army veteran winds up in his small Indiana hometown, to the dismay of his respectable older brother. He meets and befriends various different characters and tries to figure out what to do with his life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frank Sinatra ... Dave Hirsh

Dean Martin ... Bama Dillert

Shirley MacLaine ... Ginnie Moorehead

Martha Hyer ... Gwen French

Arthur Kennedy ... Frank Hirsh

Nancy Gates ... 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 ... Smitty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jan Arvan ... Nightclub Manager (uncredited)
George Brengel ... Ned Deacon (uncredited)
John Brennan ... Wally Dennis (uncredited)
Tom Buening ... Student (uncredited)

George Cisar ... Hubie Nelson (uncredited)
Carole Conn ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)

Chuck Courtney ... Parkman Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Sheryl Deauville ... Julia, Solo Dancer in Bar (uncredited)

Roy Engel ... Sheriff (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Passerby Outside Bar (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Don Haggerty ... Ted Harperspoon (uncredited)
Anthony Jochim ... Judge Baskin (uncredited)

James Jones ... Crew Cut Man Playing Poker (uncredited)
Paul Jones ... George Huff (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Waiter at Smitty's (uncredited)
Harold Lakeman ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Len Lesser ... Indianapolis Poker Player (uncredited)
William Lockridge ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Joe McKenna ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Denny Miller ... Dewey Cole (uncredited)

Frank Mitchell ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)

Carmen Phillips ... Rosalie - Bama's Girl (uncredited)
Janelle Richards ... Virginia Stevens (uncredited)
Ric Roman ... Joe (uncredited)

Marion Ross ... Sister Mary Joseph (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Al - Jewelry Store Clerk (uncredited)
Charles Schulte ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Diane Signore ... Minor Role (uncredited)

George E. Stone ... Slim (uncredited)
Albert T. Viola ... Guitarist (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Stevens (uncredited)
Dave White ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
John Wurtz ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
Writing credits
James Jones (novel "Some Came Running")

John Patrick (writer) &
Arthur Sheekman (writer)

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
Casting by
Bobby Webb (uncredited)
Art Direction by
William A. Horning 
Urie McCleary 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Robert Priestley 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Lauren Cosand .... makeup man (uncredited)
Bernard Ponedel .... makeup man (uncredited)
Jane Rinck .... body makeup (uncredited)
Josephine Sweeney .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Jack Wilson .... makeup man (uncredited)
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director
Tom McCrory .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Kurt Neumann .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... leadman (uncredited)
Carl Beondé .... props (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Tom Ordoqui .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Norwood A. Fenton .... mixer (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Larry Jost .... recordist (uncredited)
Norman Jost .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Virgil Apger .... still photographer (uncredited)
John E. Barber .... grip (uncredited)
Tom Donnell .... grip (uncredited)
W.F. Eckhardt .... grip (uncredited)
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Koons .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
A. Lindsley Lane .... camera operator (uncredited)
Tom Long .... grip (uncredited)
Leo Monlon .... head grip (uncredited)
Phil O'Neil .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Dean B. Peterson .... best boy (uncredited)
Albert Robison .... grip (uncredited)
Camden Rogers .... best boy (uncredited)
Wes Shanks .... gaffer (uncredited)
Roy Strickland .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Don McElwaine .... assistant casting (uncredited)
Don McElwaine .... local casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Morris Brown .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Gertrude Gellert .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
Donald MacDonald .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Lambert Marks .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Doris Stutz .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Jack Sekely .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Charles C. Coleman .... location director (uncredited)
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor (uncredited)
Gus Bivona .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Ted Nash .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
John Delgado .... stand-in: Frank Sinatra (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stand-in: Dean Martin (uncredited)
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Guy McElwaine .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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137 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | 4-Track Stereo
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PA (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1959) | Netherlands:18 (re-rating) (1959) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #19154) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Shirley MacLaine thought that Dean Martin turned in his best ever performance, because "he was a lot like Bama, a loner with his own code of ethics who would never compromise, so maybe it wasn't really a performance."See more »
Miscellaneous: Sinatra was losing his hair in 1958. To cover up his bald spot, a glossy makeup was applied to the back of his head. However, it reflects the lights in several parts of the film.See more »
Dave Hirsh:You're right, teacher. You're a hundred percent right. I've been a bad boy. I've been naughty. Matter of fact, I don't even belong in your class.
Gwen French:Quite possibly you don't.
Dave Hirsh:Well, you won't get a chance to flunk me again.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Three Came Running (1974)See more »
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35 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining But Ill Conceived, 25 April 2006
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

At 1200+ pages the James Jones novel "Some Came Running" deals with family divisions, drinking, gambling, sexual repression, adultery and other small town USA vices. All this is embedded in a general theme about the hypocrisy so pervasive in 1948 Middle America.

Jones was most famous for his explorations of WWII and its aftermath. "Some Came Running" is somewhat autobiographical as Jones was one of those returning soldiers from WWII whose long absence gave them a new perspective on details in the social fabric that they had not really noticed before. He was from a small town in Illinois and served in the 25th Infantry Division. He was present during the attack on Pearl Harbor and the battle of Guadalcanal. Basing "From Here to Eternity" and "The Thin Red Line on his experiences.

The film adaptation of "Some Came Running" is long but entertaining, especially if you like seeing a lot of big-name stars. Despite its setting in a small town (it was filmed in Madison, Indiana) this was a big budget epic picture.

The Jones character is named Dave Hirsch and played by Frank Sinatra. He is a successful writer but has not written anything for several years. The film begins inside a bus on its way to Dave's hometown of Parkman, Indiana. He has just been discharged from the army and is wearing his uniform (no rank insignia is visible).

His brother Frank (Arthur Kennedy) has become a big shot in the town and introduces him to Gwen French (Martha Hyer), a college literature teacher who is impressed with his writing but put off by his wild life style. Dave has been followed to Parkton by Ginny (Shirley MacLaine), an airhead he met in a Chicago bar. This sets up the film's love triangle.

Dave becomes friends with a local gambler named Bama Dillert (Dean Martin), moves into his house, and pairs up with him on the regional poker circuit where they are very successful.

While Dave tries to come to terms with his roots and with his future, his brother Frank begins an affair with his secretary.

Generally speaking, adopting a 1200 page book to the screen is ill advised and "Some Came Running" is no exception, if only because the screenwriter incorporated too much of the story for a feature length film to handle effectively.

But the producers compounded this problem with the hiring Vincente Minnelli as director and by casting for box office draw instead of acting talent. This resulted in a film with slick production values, an extremely thin plot, lots of characters (but none with any depth), and a too long running time. Can you say flat, lifeless, prosaic, and unconvincing?

Minnelli was a freak about visual details. He was more interested in whether an actress' dress coordinated well with the wallpaper in the set than how the actress handled her character. The inexperienced MacLaine has commented on how the only guidance she received during filming was from her male co-stars. In fact it was Sinatra who insisted the film end differently than the book as a way to make MacLaine's character more memorable. Minnelli's lack of interest in acting for the camera made him an especially poor choice for an overloaded film that needed subtle and nuanced elements in each scene to flesh out the characterization.

For the same reason, a non-actor like "one-take" Sinatra was completely over-matched by the demands of playing his character. Sinatra was comfortable playing himself in front of the camera and in most of his roles this was more than satisfactory, as it is during the early stages of "Some Came Running". But things start to crash and burn with the start of his scenes with Hyer, and the film essentially collapses the first time he reveals that he loves her.

Because of time constraints this romance had to be compressed, requiring a really skilled performance to set up things for the declaration of love, if it is to be at all convincing. Even if Sinatra took direction well (he didn't) and even if Minnelli was a master of acting for the camera (few were worse), the sudden transformation from Sinatra to lovesick puppy would have been a difficult sell.

A very interesting element of this film is Minnelli's obsession with the sets and the moving camera. There are no close-ups and relatively few medium shots. Almost everything is a wide shot or the master shot itself. This could reflect Minnelli's overriding interest in showcasing his sets, or indicate that Sinatra's work habits made changing camera setups difficult, or that the editor found that many of the performances could not withstand close scrutiny. Whatever the cause, it makes it much more difficult to identify and connect with characters who are always so distant from the camera. This is a detail you may want to watch for the next time you see the film.

This was Dean Martin's signature performance and he is truly excellent. Arthur Kennedy won an Oscar for his portrayal of Frank Hirsh but I think the best performance of all was by Leora Dane as his wife Agnes. Their scenes together have real energy, and almost creepy believability.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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