Some Came Running

1958, Drama, 2h 17m

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Hard-drinking novelist Dave Hirsh (Frank Sinatra) returns home after being gone for years. His brother (Arthur Kennedy) wants Dave to settle down, and introduces him to English teacher Gwen French (Martha Hyer). Moody Dave resents his brother, and spends his days hanging out with Bama Dillert (Dean Martin), a professional gambler who parties late into the night. Torn between the admiring Gwen and Ginny Morehead (Shirley MacLaine), an easy woman who loves him, Dave grows increasingly angry.

Cast & Crew

Dean Martin
Bama Dillert
Shirley MacLaine
Ginny Moorhead
Martha Hyer
Gwen French
Nancy Gates
Edith Barclay
Leora Dana
Agnes Hirsh
Larry Gates
Prof. Robert Haven French
Steven Peck
Raymond Lanchak
Carmen Phillips
Rosalie (uncredited)
John Brennan
Wally Dennis (uncredited)
William Schallert
Jewelry store clerk (uncredited)
Roy Engel
Sheriff (uncredited)
Marion Ross
Sister Mary Joseph (uncredited)
Denny Miller
Dewey Cole (uncredited)
George E. Stone
Slim (uncredited)
Athur Sheekman
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Elmer Bernstein
Original Music
William H. Daniels
Cinematographer
Urie McCleary
Art Direction
Henry Grace
Set Decoration
Robert Priestley
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Walter Plunkett
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  • Dec 14, 2019
    Vincente Minnelli's melodrama masterwork still holds up over 60 years after its release. Frank Sinatra plays Dave Hirsch a boozing, lonely, veteran whose inner demons have stifled his writing after successfully writing two books. Hirsch attracts the company and love of slow-witted Ginny Moorhead, (Shirley McClaine in a super performance) but instead falls for a school teacher who rekindles his writing. This is the center of a story with a few plot lines that captures the hypocrisies of small town America post World War II. Based on a 1200 page novel the film feels unfinished in certain respects, but it's still a marvel and recommend
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2014
    Sinatra tried to replicate his success with From Here to Eternity but he doesn't have enough to work with here. This tale of a soldier's return home is not as compelling as oooh "Coming Home" for example.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2012
    great performances from sinatra and maclaine, who's cute as a button but also kinda pathetic. widescreen technicolor melodrama about the underside of small town life in the 50s complete with middle class conformity and madonna/whore complex. even dino can't ruin this
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2012
    Not just one of Minnelli's best but one of Hollywood's greatest movies of any era, "Some Came Running" is unjustly forgotten. It features a career best performance from Sinatra, playing on his surly persona to great effect as the returning soldier and failed writer. Hyer wants him to return to writing but he has no interest, not as confident in his talent as the sycophants of his town. She doesn't desire him as the man he is, rather the man she naively dreams he could be. MacLaine on the other hand can't fulfill him intellectually but is in love with him just as he is. The moment of revelation comes when he cross-examines her about why she liked one of his stories. She replies that she may not have understood it but enjoyed it because it came from him. Sinatra suddenly realises that finally he has someone who respects him for himself and not some perceived potential. There's a dark shadow looming in the shape of Steve Peck, a drunkard who has eyes for MacLaine and wants vengeance for a humiliation at the hands of Sinatra. In the movie's most famous scene, a chase at a fairground, Peck is first seen lit by red neon in an alley, recalling a fantasy scene from one of Minnelli's musicals. He steps out of this movie world and begins his pursuit of Sinatra. Where "Two Weeks In Another Town" features a character who wants to escape reality for the world of fiction, Sinatra aims for the exact opposite here. He wants to escape his past as a writer and etch out some sort of life in the real world. Fitting then that Peck should seem to step out of a fantasy world to throw a spanner (or a bullet) in the works. Elmer Bernstein provides a bombastic score, like a nightmarish Saturday night in a forties roadhouse. William Daniels widescreen framing is the perfect accompaniment to the skillful staging of Minnelli. The scene where Sinatra seduces Hyer features a surreal twist on the usual romantic lighting of such scenes, turning the characters into silhouettes, a foreboding premonition of how this relationship will pan out. German magazine "Der Spiegel" rated this as the greatest movie of all time. I wouldn't go that far but it's certainly in the mix, the pinnacle of the fifties melodrama.
    The Movie W Super Reviewer

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