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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 ... 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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Taglines:

SINATRA... tears loose with a gun in his hand! SINATRA... out to get the No. 1 man in the nation! SINATRA... as a kill-hungry hoodlum! See more »


Certificate:

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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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Trivia

The rifle the gangsters are using is a German Gewehr 43, also known as a G43 or a Gew 43. It is semi-automatic and fires an 8mm cartridge. It is well-suited for the task they are undertaking. See more »

Goofs

The train is going north (the afternoon sun is streaming across the tracks into the train station from the direction of the house), yet the audio says the train is going down to Los Angeles, instead of up to San Francisco. If time of day were incidental to the film, this would be overlooked, but the clock is the tension builder. 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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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Remade as Suddenly (2013) See more »

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17 October 2002 | by chris-459See all my reviews

When I started to watch this movie I didn't think it was going to be any good. How wrong! I've seen lots of Frank Sinatra movies and I never liked any of them, because I think he is a terrible actor in all those movies (and that goes for films like "From Here to Eternity" and "Some Came Running", which the critics always claim to be "wonderful - come on!). BUT in this one he is GREAT, just GREAT - his best performance, perfect. The movie is quite good as well. Simple, but good. And those close-ups on Sinatra's face are always right were they should be to create the dramatic effect perfect for the situation. Watch it! It's good, and doesn't bore you because it doesn't go on and on and on like most films nowadays about somebody wanting to kill the president of the USA.


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