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Violent Saturday (1955)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 April 1955 (USA)
Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), William L. Heath (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Victor Mature ... Shelley Martin
Richard Egan ... Boyd Fairchild
Stephen McNally ... Harper (bank robber)
Virginia Leith ... Linda Sherman
Tommy Noonan ... Harry Reeves, Bank Manager
Lee Marvin ... Dill, Bank Robber
Margaret Hayes ... Mrs. Emily Fairchild
J. Carrol Naish ... Chapman, Bank Robber
Sylvia Sidney ... Elsie Braden
Ernest Borgnine ... Stadt, Amish Farmer
Dorothy Patrick ... Helen Martin
Billy Chapin ... Steve Martin
Brad Dexter ... Gil Clayton
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Storyline

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 Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The day all Hell broke loose !


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Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine appeared together in "Bad Day at Black Rock" the same year as "Violent Saturday." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Emily Fairchild: Would you like me to have you thrown out?
Linda Sherman: Why don't you get mad enough to try it. All I want is an excuse to pull that hair right out of your stupid head.
[Mrs. Emily Fairchild looks away]
Linda Sherman: Guess you don't have the guts.
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References Shock (1946) See more »

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Ahead of its time
13 March 2000 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Thanks to FXM we can now see the widescreen version of Violent Saturday. Its a terrific, tense crime drama that must have been somewhat controversial in 1955. Certainly the onscreen violence is stronger than anything else I've seen from the period, except possibly Richard Widmark shoving the wheelchair down the stairs in Kiss of Death. There are definitely some hints of the future Hollywood of Sam Peckinpah--the sadistic Lee Marvin grinding a little boys hand into the ground, and a bearded Ernest Borgnine using a pitchfork on Lee towards the end of the film. Well worth catching.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Violent Saturday See more »

Filming Locations:

Lowell, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$955,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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