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.
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
This film was shot on location in Madison, Indiana which had coincidentally been named "The Typical American Small Town", by the Office of War Information, in 1941. See more »
Although period cars were used the Greyhound Bus Dave rides into town on is definitely ca. mid to later '50s. The windows are a dead giveaway. See more »
That girl, uh, very attractive.
I never really noticed. I make it a rule not to, uh... with employees. If you're getting any ideas, forget them. She's strictly a nice girl.
All girls are nice, brother.
Yeah. You'll get no argument from me there.
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Never viewed this film and was very surprised at the great acting by Shirley MacLaine, ( Ginnie Moorehead ) who found herself on a bus with her one night stand an Army Soldier named Dave Hirsh (Frank Sinatra) who is so bombed with booze he almost misses his bus stop in a small Indiana town. As soon as Dave Hirsh gets into the town he starts a bundle of trouble, because his brother Frank Hirsh, ( Arthur Kennedy ), is a very successful man and is highly respected, however, he is not liked by his brother Frank who has not seen him for many years. Dave Hirsh was a writer who had written about two books and also had another book he would like to have published. Ginnie Moorehead who has been around the block a few times, likes Dave Hirsh and he in turn likes her also, but knows her past and is looking for a woman with character and class. Gwen French, (Martha Hyer) has read Dave Hirsh's books and he begins to fall in love with her because she is a teacher who teaches literature and wants him to publish his book and gives him confidence in himself. There is plenty of laughs with Dean Martin, (Bama Dilert) who is a gambler and heavy boozer. Great Classic Film,enjoy.
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