Violent Saturday (1955) - Rotten Tomatoes

Violent Saturday (1955)

Violent Saturday (1955)

Violent Saturday




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Violent Saturday Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

Three bank robbers (J. Carroll Naish, Lee Marvin, Stephen McNally) case a small Arizona mining town prior to pulling a holdup. The audience get to know the various townsfolk as they're scrutinized by the crooks. Victor Mature plays a man who is a disappointment to his son because he didn't serve in the war. Tommy Noonan is a meek bank manager with a habit of spying on a pretty customer as she undresses in her second-story bedroom. Sylvia Sidney is a petty thief who has deposited her stolen funds in the bank. Margaret Hayes is the cheating wife of a local leading citizen, who is killed in the holdup. And Ernest Borgnine is a pacifistic Amish farmer, forced to take violent action when his children are threatened by the criminals (Borgnine's pitchfork-wielding scene was reproduced for the print ads of this film, leading some critics to assume that he was the villain!) The hero of the day turns out to be the "unheroic" Mature, who after being kidnapped by the crooks frees himself and prevents their escape. Violent Saturday is based on a novel by William I. Heath.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Sydney Boehm
In Theaters:
20th Century Fox


Victor Mature
as Shelley Martin
Richard Egan
as Boyd Fairchild
Tommy Noonan
as Harry Reeves
Billy Chapin
as Steve Martin
Brad Dexter
as Gil Clayton
Raymond Greenleaf
as Mr. Fairchild
Ann Morrison
as Mrs. Stadt
Donna Corcoran
as Anna Stadt
Kevin Corcoran
as David Stadt
Noreen Corcoran
as Mary Stadt
Harry Seymour
as Conductor
Jeri Weil
as Amish child
Pat Weil
as Amish Child
Sammy Ogg
as Amish Child
John Alderson
as Amish farmer
Esther Somers
as Amish woman on train
Florence Ravenel
as Miss Shirley
Dorothy Phillips
as Bank customer
Helen Mayon
as Mrs. Pilkas
Fred Shellac
as Signalman
Ellen Bowers
as Bank Teller
Mack Williams
as Drug Clerk
Richard Garrick
as Mr. Braden
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Violent Saturday

Critic Reviews for Violent Saturday

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

The cast is a museum exhibit on the nigh-extinct art of scaled-in American bit acting, with the magnificent Sylvia Sidney as the daughter of a prominent family brought low, her flashing pridefulness intact, and Tommy Noonan as a peeping poltroon.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

... Ernest Borgnine as a pacifist Amish farmer plunging a pitchfork into the back of the devil character played by Lee Marvin ....

Full Review… | April 19, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Violent Saturday

pretty great, like sirk meets siegel, or peyton place with armed robbery. gorgeous wide screen technicolor too

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Some really great colors and compositions.

"Stick these in your kisser and go suck on 'em. Now go back to your mother."

Tom S.

Super Reviewer


Nice early Lee Marvin picture with some fine period cinematic moments and character actors, especially Richard Egan. Why the hell did they shoot this in CinemaScope though? It doesn't work at all, let alone in a character-driven film.


Violent Saturday Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Violent Saturday on our Movie forum!