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Some Came Running (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 December 1958 (USA)
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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In her autobiography, Shirley MacLaine described how the actors and director got along during the close-quarters shooting in Madison. "I was comfortable and friendly being around the guys in the group," she said, "because I was perceived by most of them as a mascot. I was the only woman they allowed in the house . . . I was a pal, maybe even one of the boys." See more »

Goofs

Aside from older cars, no significant visual attempt (hairstyles, costumes, etc.) made to suggest story was supposed to take place in 1948 instead of late Fifties when it was filmed. See more »

Quotes

Dave Hirsh: A little talent to a writer means about as much as a little talent to a brain surgeon.
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Referenced in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

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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"Rat-Pack" Classic with MacLaine in Stand-Out Performance!
30 September 2004 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine are perfectly cast as the embittered, street-wise/intellectual "black sheep" and the floozie with a heart of gold. As the 2 1/2 hour drama unfolds, the viewer learns that the "respectable people" are often hypocrites, shielding their shame behind money and power. More concerned about "what the papers will print" than about how human beings are affected by misfortunes and embarrassing incidents.

The tragic ending hints at a re-birth of human compassion in a Payton Place-like town where the haves and the have-nots are in contrast of each other. The Frank Sinatra character evolves from embittered teenager who is shipped off to boarding school by a newlywed adult brother, to respected author (exposing the hypocrisies of his hometown with his thinly disguised autobiographical novels), to revenge seeking released military man/gambler. The street girl who falls in unanswered love with him, sticks by him to the end. Unanswered questions are left to the viewer's interpretation.

This film, though quite lengthy, is captivating and entertaining. Vincent Minnelli's first stab at directing a drama is certainly remarkable. The emphasis on Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra as hard drinking and brawling gamblers can be off-putting. Viewed in the dated context (the story is set in the late 1940s, although the film was produced in 1959), viewers may consider the times, where similar situations were commonplace. Shirley MacLaine's performance is among her very best. This is an engaging character study that held my attention throughout.


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