Suddenly (1954)

SuddenlySuggested by Brad Nelson • In the tranquil small town of Suddenly, peace and quiet is disrupted one day by the news that the President’s train will be arriving and that there might also be an assassination attempt.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Frank Sinatra — perhaps playing a role tangentially true to life . . . he was known to pal around with mobsters — is planning a hit on the President. But what could possibly go wrong? After all, the cops have been tipped off about the attempt and Secret Service, the FBI — and not least of all, Sterling Haden as the local sheriff — are swarming all over town.

    IMDB has this rated about right at 6.9. In truth, that’s about right. Without Sinatra, I’d have a hard time recommending this, even with General Ripper in a splendid role as the sheriff.

    But I will recommend it because this is a very conservative movie. It’s a hugely pro-gun movie at the very least, rare in a film from Hollywood of any time.

    For those who prefer to see Ol’ Blue Eyes in blue eyes, there’s a colorized version of this that you can buy at Amazon. I’m not generally a fan of colorized versions, but I think it could do nothing but improve this film.

    I found more than a little MST3K-like humor in it. But Frank proves again that he was a very fine actor. Despite the thin script and so-so production values, he carries this film. And he had the guts to play the bad guy. And it must be said that it is typical for Sterling Hayden to play Sterling Hayden. And he does so again, but I think it really works. He and Sinatra have some good back-and-forths.

    And that snot-nosed little kid? Sign him up (Kim Charney who plays “Pidge”) as the next President of the NRA. No girly-man in that one.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Well, if you want Frank Sinatra taking a humorous look at crime gangs, there’s always Robin and the Seven Hoods, which also features Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I don’t think I’ve ever seen that one. I’ll have to see if I can catch it. And I see it has Bing Crosby in it as well.

        Where’s Peter Lawford? He might have been on the outs with Frank at that point. I’m pretty sure that’s the case. But they do have Peter Falk….and Barbara Rush. Hubba hubba.

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