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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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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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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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From the bold, new novel by the author of "From Here To Eternity" 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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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Dean Martin's role of Bama Dillert was one of his favorites. See more »

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Sinatra was losing his hair in 1958. To cover up his bald spot, a glossy makeup was applied to the back of his head. However, it reflects the lights in several parts of the film. See more »

Quotes

Bama Dillert: You take my old man. Now he used to gamble when he was plowin' up his fields, hopin' for a crop. Sometimes he'd get one, sometimes he wouldn't. So figure if a man's gonna gamble, he might as well do it without plowin.'
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After You've Gone
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Henry Creamer
Music by Turner Layton
Performed by Shirley MacLaine and unidentified male vocal trio with jazz combo
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Melodramatic Soap Opera about Hypocrisy and Love
22 May 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the post-war, the alcoholic and bitter veteran military and former writer Dave Hirsch (Frank Sinatra) returns from Chicago to his hometown Parkman, Indiana. He is followed by Ginnie Moorehead (Shirley MacLaine), 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 (Arthur Kennedy), 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 (Leora Dana) that hates him since one character of his novel had been visibly inspired on her, and his teenage niece Dawn (Betty Lou Keim). Frank introduces the school teacher Gwen French (Martha Hyer) to him and Dave feels attracted by the beautiful woman that is daughter of his former Professor Robert Haven French (Larry Gates) 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 (Dean Martin) and meets Ginnie again with the Chicago's mobster Raymond Lanchak (Steven Peck) that was her former lover and has followed her from Chicago. The unconditional love of Ginnie for Dave leads to a tragedy in the calm Parkman.

"Some Came Running" is a melodramatic soap opera about hypocrisy and love in a small American town by Vincente Minnelli. Every character in the story is flawed, bitter, hypocrite, insecure, gossiper, false and the unconditional love of Ginnie with Dave is probably the most beautiful and pure feeling in this romance despite the reputation of Ginnie. This character is magnificently performed by the lovely and sweet Shirley MacLaine and the dialogs are witty and harsh. This story recalls "Peyton Place" that also shows the stereotypical lifestyle of a small town in America in the late 40's. The false morality and intolerance rules the relationships among the dwellers, with gossips, sexual repression and snobbery are very similar. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Deus Sabe o Quanto Amei!" ("God Knows How Much I Have Loved")


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