Some Came Running

1958

Drama / Romance

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IMDb Rating 7.4 10 6212

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Cast

Leora Dana as Agnes Hirsh
Larry Gates as Professor Robert Haven French
Arthur Kennedy as Frank Hirsh
William Schallert as Al - Jewelry Store Clerk
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1.22 GB
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2 hr 15 min
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2.26 GB
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English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
2 hr 15 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bkoganbing 7 / 10

Shirley steals the show

In any other year Shirley MacLaine would have walked off with the Best Actress Oscar, but NO ONE was going to take it from Susan Hayward in 1958.

In fact the film is filled with nominations, Arthur Kennedy for Best Supporting Actor, Martha Hyer for Best Supporting Actress and these were great performances. Dean Martin does a great follow-up to The Young Lions in playing Bama Dillert here. This was no stretch for Dino however. This is exactly the kind of background he came from, so the part fit him like a comfortable old shoe.

The flaw is Sinatra. To his credit, he really tries hard and succeeds in spots. But he's miscast in a part that either Paul Newman or Montgomery Clift might have taken an Oscar home for.

But the acting honors go to MacLaine. The high point of the movie is her scene with Martha Hyer in Martha's classroom at the college. This poor pathetic Ginny Moorehead trying to assess her situation vis a vis Dave Hirsch pulls all the stops out. You have to be made of stone not to be moved by her pleas to Martha Hyer and Hyer's reactions in this scene probably got her, her nomination.

If you can get past a miscast Frank Sinatra, then this film is a gem.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 7 / 10

Melodramatic Soap Opera about Hypocrisy and Love

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")

Reviewed by classicsoncall 8 / 10

"Sometimes when a man aims high, he can miss".

Before I get to my actual review, here's what I don't get - especially in a big scale film with impressive talent and an acclaimed director. In the scene when Dean Martin's character gets attacked during the poker game, Dave Hirsh (Frank Sinatra) tends to his knife wound, and pats down Bama Dillert's (Dean Martin) left shoulder (no blood by the way). In the following scene, Bama's got his left arm in a sling while in the hospital. The following day upon release from the hospital, as Bama and Dave arrive in Parkman during the Centennial celebration, Dave asks Bama if he's OK to drive with one arm. Bama removes his left arm from the sling and starts driving, with no reaction to the injury he just suffered. How come no one on the set noticed that? Or was Dino just goofing to see if anyone was paying attention?

I can imagine that Martin was actually trying to pull one off, as in all other respects, his performance was as natural and unassuming as you're likely to find in any buddy picture. The real life camaraderie he enjoyed with co-star Frank Sinatra certainly shines through here, right from their first scene together upon meeting at Smitty's. I don't think there would have been much difference between their on and off screen antics during the filming of the picture, with 'booze and broads' topping the list. Though I don't think Martin would have referred to his female companions as pigs; that was probably as far out of character that Dino might have gone for the sake of the story.

Count me among those who feel Shirley MacLaine takes the prize here for her performance as the starry eyed floozie who falls for Sinatra's character. I was enthralled by her conversation with teacher Gwen French over the fate of Dave Hirsh's romantic prospects, and even more moved by that exchange with Dave about liking someone or something without understanding it. That scene managed to sum up a vast majority of the human condition in one fell swoop, and it looked like it knocked Hirsh for a loop too. Her performance was exquisite.

As far as the character of Gwen French goes, Martha Hyer was effective, but couldn't you just smack her. Hot, cold, hot, cold - very frustrating and no surprise that Hirsh beat a hasty retreat near the finale. I don't know if I buy his revenge proposal to Ginnie (MacLaine), but I guess that's happened more than once. Where I think I stray from most of the professional critics is in the frenetic final moments of the carnival scene. Hailed as an exceptionally innovative and original concept from director Vincente Minnelli, I thought it didn't have a natural flow, even with the threat of the lunatic from Chicago.

A final offbeat observation - didn't Dean Martin's barfly girlfriend look a lot like Elizabeth Taylor - she could have been a dead ringer in profile. I was thinking about that most of the picture, when all of a sudden, a movie marquee appears with "Courage of Lassie" appearing in downtown Parkman - starring Elizabeth Taylor! Like Ginnie Moorehead, I liked that, but didn't quite understand it.

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