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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Frank Sinatra stars in this film noir classic from 1954.

I have been on a film noir run recently and this is one of the best.

Sonatra stars as a hitman hired, along with two others, to assassinate the President of the United States as he passes thru a small California town called Suddenly.

The three gangsters take over the quiet home of a young woman, her son and his grandfather and wait for the arrival of the train. The woman is played by Nancy Gates and her father is played by James Gleason who is damn near perfect in the role.

Sterling Hayden is the cop who is also involved when he comes to the house and gets shot by one of the gangsters. This is a tight and well made film that Sinatra actually had pulled from circulation and then tried to destroy all the prints.

I have no idea why he would want to do this. All of the performances in this film are very good and it's a film that shouldn't be missed. I think it holds up very well today as a matter of fact.

It's in the public domain and so is available from hundreds of little companies. Some prints a better than others. This one from Mill Creek was pretty average.

The rest of the cast is rounded out by Paul Wexler, Willis Bouchey,Paul Frees and Kim Charney.

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