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Some Came Running


somecamerunningWhen Army veteran Dave Hirsh (Frank Sinatra) returns to his hometown after 16 years, he clashes with his estranged older brother (Arthur Kennedy) who has inherited a jewelry business from his father-in-law. Another adaptation of a James Jones novel for Sinatra who won an Oscar for From Here to Eternity (1953). This was the first time he acted against Dean Martin and they’re both good as a writer who’s working on his second novel and a hard-drinking gambler. Uneven story (a sense of inadequacy is a key theme), but well directed, with a beautiful closing scene, nice small-town atmosphere and a touching music score. Shirley MacLaine’s tragic role is clichéd, but she breathes life into it.

1958-U.S. 136 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Sol C. Siegel. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Screenplay: John Patrick, Arthur Sheekman. Novel: James Jones. Music: Elmer Bernstein. Song: “To Love and Be Loved” (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn). Cast: Frank Sinatra (Dave Hirsh), Dean Martin (Bama Dillert), Shirley MacLaine (Ginnie Moorehead), Martha Hyer, Arthur Kennedy, Nancy Gates.

Trivia: Joanne Woodward was allegedly considered for a role.

Last word: “Dean had not been that much of a success, yet [post-Jerry Lewis] — until he felt comfortable and centered with that character in ‘Some Came Running’. Remember, after they split up, he didn’t know what to do. With the empathy he aroused with people in that part, he learned that he was funny if he really felt comfortable. Maybe not in real life. You know, he was rather guarded. I adored him. Had a mini-crush on him. But I liked his wife more, so…” (MacLaine, The Hollywood Reporter)



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