A number of otherwise insignificant small-town stories erupt into drama when a gang of hoodlums decides to rob the local bank. A father looking for pride in his son's eyes, a timid clerk who is a peeping tom by night, a man striving to rewin his wife's love, an Amish farmer faced with viciousness, and a proper older woman turned thief, all find themselves entangled with the bank robbers as a peaceful weekend turns violent.Written by
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In his autobiography, Ernest Borgnine reports that during filming, Richard Fleischer asked Victor Mature to do a stunt which entailed diving underneath a car. Even with a hole in the ground, Mature refused because he had once done a scene and broke his leg on a motorcycle for which he wasn't compensated. See more »
A car is put into gear so that it runs into barn doors after which the engine stalls but while still in gear Borgnine and Martine are able to easily push it out. See more »
Three well-dressed hoods come to a small town to rob its bank in this solid 50's B-movie, well directed by Richard Fleischer. The Peyton Place type subplots are pure soap (except maybe for a bizarre bit featuring Tommy Noonan as a milquetoast pervert), but the bank job and its aftermath are pretty good payoffs. Chief among this film's pleasures are the great supporting character actors, including Noonan, J. Carroll Naish as a veteran safecracker, Sylvia Sidney as the town's crusty librarian, and, in early performances, Lee Marvin as a sadistic thug who favors powder blue suits and Ernest Borgnine as, of all things, an Amish farmer ("I thank thee, neighbor.")! If you like typical 50's B-movies, this will definitely be a guilty pleasure -- it's worth hunting for (I found a lousy print of it that was put out by some company called Hellfire Video). How can you resist a movie starring Victor Mature and titled "Violent Saturday"!
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