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Some Came Running (1958)

Dave Hirsch, a writer and an 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.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

James Jones (novel), John Patrick | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Steve Peck ... Raymond Lanchak (as Steven Peck)
Connie Gilchrist ... Jane Barclay
Ned Wever Ned Wever ... Smitty
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Storyline

In the post-war, the alcoholic and bitter veteran military and former writer Dave Hirsch returns from Chicago to his hometown Parkman, Indiana. He is followed by Ginnie Moorehead, a vulgar and easy woman with whom he spent his last night in Chicago that has fallen in love with him. The resentful Dave meets his older brother Frank Hirsh, who owns a jewelry store and is a prominent citizen of Parkman that invites him to have dinner with his family. Dave meets his sister-in-law Agnes that hates him since one character of his novel had been visibly inspired on her, and his teenage niece Dawn. Frank introduces the school teacher Gwen French to him and Dave feels attracted by the beautiful woman that is daughter of his former Professor Robert Haven French and idolizes his work as writer. However, his unrequited love with Gwen drives Dave back to the local bar where he befriends the professional gambler Bama Dillert and meets Ginnie again with the Chicago's mobster Raymond Lanchak that was ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Everyone knew Dave was back in town ... and woman-trouble must be close behind ! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Some Came Running See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Joanne Woodward was offered the role of Ginny Moorehead but turned it down because she didn't want to work with Frank Sinatra. The role eventually went to Shirley MacLaine. See more »

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In Smitty's bar, Jenny's hamburger stays the same size, and even gets bigger, no matter how many bites she takes from it. See more »

Quotes

Gwen French: Your first novel... was a really powerful study of rejection.
Dave Hirsh: Oh, that it was. It was rejected by forty-two publishers.
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Soundtracks

After You've Gone
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Lyrics by Henry Creamer
Music by Turner Layton
Performed by Shirley MacLaine and unidentified male vocal trio with jazz combo
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Excllent Drama With Memorable Characters
1 December 2002 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

I haven't read the James Jones novel on which this film is based so I can't comment on the movie as an adaption. But as a film standing alone Some Came Running was a very enjoyable experience. All the players are very convincing in their roles. Sinatra as usual mixes world weariness and hope better than just about anyone. His wonderful voice here is as good as its reputation. Shirley MacClaine who was Oscar nominated for this role is also memorable as the simple party girl with an unrequited love for Dave Hirsh. Mention must also be made of the actress who played the school teacher. She perfectly nailed some very difficult scenes that required her to subtly change beats. Dean Martin's sidekick character was also very entertaining. Highly recommended! 9/10.


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