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Suddenly (1954)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 September 1954 (USA)
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In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.

Director:

Lewis Allen

Writer:

Richard Sale (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... John Baron
Sterling Hayden ... Sheriff Tod Shaw
James Gleason ... Pop Benson
Nancy Gates ... Ellen Benson
Kim Charney Kim Charney ... Peter Benson III - 'Pidge'
Willis Bouchey ... Dan Carney
Paul Frees ... Benny Conklin
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Bart Wheeler
James O'Hara ... Jud Hobson (as James Lilburn)
Kem Dibbs Kem Dibbs ... Wilson (as Ken Dibbs)
Clark Howat ... Haggerty
Charles Smith ... Bebop
Paul Wexler Paul Wexler ... Slim Adams
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Storyline

The tranquility of a small town is marred only by sheriff Tod Shaw's unsuccessful courtship of widow Ellen Benson, a pacifist who can't abide guns and those who use them. But violence descends on Ellen's household willy-nilly when the U.S. President passes through town... and slightly psycho hired assassin John Baron finds the Benson home ideal for an ambush. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A cold-blooded thriller! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Attentäter See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Libra Productions Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Per Ben Markowitz during the movie introduction on August 1 2018, "Sinatra, a friend of JFK, used his influence to get Suddenly pulled from distribution for a time" See more »

Goofs

After Baron shoots Shaw and Agent Carney, he goes to the window and says that the train passing muffled the gunshots. However, there are no train noises until after the shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
First Driver: Officer, can you tell me the way to Three Rivers?
Slim Adams: About two miles to the first main intersection, then turn left. It's about sixty miles.
First Driver: Thanks, what town is this?
Slim Adams: Suddenly.
First Driver: Suddenly what?
Slim Adams: No no, that's the name.
First Driver: [laughs] That's a funny name for a town.
Slim Adams: Uh huh, hangover from the old days; that's the way things used to happen here, suddenly.
First Driver: I see.
[...]
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Referenced in The Big Box: To the Devil a Daughter (2009) See more »

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not bad for a buck!
31 December 2004 | by thefenskSee all my reviews

Like another user I found this movie at a "dollar store" and decided to take a chance on it. I believe the stories that this was pulled from circulation simply because I had never heard of it before. Where have they been hiding this movie?

I can believe those stories for another reason. It has an eerie feel to it ... and seemed oddly prophetic: Imagine, an attempt to kill a President from a sniper position in a window above and behind, using a military-style weapon, by a former soldier. If Oswald truly watched this movie ... one would have to wonder how HE felt about the movie. I mean, I wasn't aware of that bit of trivia until I watched the movie and THEN checked out IMDb. While watching it I could not help but draw comparisons. Brrrrrrrr. It seems plausible that Sinatra might have had similar feelings.

Sure, this is not the best movie ever made but it is a good solid 1950s movie, with a good performance by Sinatra. Yes, it is corny, but given the timeframe, that is to be expected. To be honest, I am tired of special effects and enjoy movies with an actual story and actual acting. Even corny stories and corny acting. Not a single car blew up in this movie. Wow. What a relief.


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