Some Came Running
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After a round of partying he cant remember, World War II veteran Dave Hirsh is placed on a bus headed for the last place hed choose: Parkman, Indiana, the hometown Hirsh hasn't seen in well over a decade. Frank Sinatra plays Hirsh, whose arrival in Parkman brings small-town hypocrisy to the unforgiving light of day in this character-driven tale directed by Vincente Minnelli and based on a novel by James Jones (whose From Here to Eternity had led to Sinatras 1953 Oscar). In his first screen pairing with Sinatra, Dean Martin plays a sharp-witted cardsharp. And Shirley MacLaine earned one of the movie's five Academy AwardÒ nominations as the good-hearted floozie with a potentially fatal attraction to Hirsh.
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As good an adaption of Jones' work as was the multiple Oscar-winning "From Here To Eternity," albeit much more expansive and colorful.
Back to "Some Came Running." It is outstanding, a no-doubter. Just for starters, MacLaine got an Oscar nomination for her endearing portrayal of a floozie with heart. Martin always seems to play the same character, and it usually works very well, as it does here. Martin and Sinatra had a rare sort of rapport -- you never missed the lightning that flashed continuously between them.
As for Sinatra himself, he was one of a kind. I've seen him in an amazing variety of roles, and always vivid, full of energy. He was the definition of a star -- he riveted your attention. You couldn't look away. Sinatra never held back, never "phoned it in." He's at his best in "Some Came Running." If you haven't seen it, you're in for a treat.
Even though it was failed oscar bait, at 21 yo, it's still nice to appreciate old style filmmaking and some of the cast's lasting work.
This movie is much more pleasing than the 1000+ pg book it is based on.
The powers that be in Madison didn't do too well by their town, either, however, as they cautioned MGM to keep the wages paid to local extras low; can't get our hoi polloi to thinking they deserve decent pay, now can we?
But having said that, I'll add that the film is a great experience for those who want to see how people dressed, talked and lived in the late 1950s. In my case (I'm a retired newspaper reporter), it's one of the few convincing explorations I've seen of how writers tend to act and think, and some of the problems we face with putting our thoughts to paper, getting them published, and all the while feeling that our stuff is really, truly no good.
Sinatra as Dave Hirsh may seem at first to be walking through his role as the frustrated, alcoholic author, but repeated viewings of the picture will reveal that his performance is far more subtle and complicated than it first appears. Watch his facial expressions and body language, and they'll often tell you volumes.
Martin as Bama Dillert is brilliant. His repeated derogatory comments about women have earned him condemnation as a misogynist in reviews of recent years, but they fit perfectly with his character and the mores of the times.
Of course Shirley MacLaine as Ginny Moorhead is charming, delightful and tragic, all at once. Sinatra suggested a change in the climactic scene of the film to give a boost to the then-young MacLaine's career -- a generous act on his part.
Arthur Kennedy is sometimes just a hair over the top as Dave Hirsh's successful but frustrated older brother, Frank. But he also furnishes some of the film's best moments of subtle, unintended humor.
It's a good flick, folks, well worth seeing. And if you're from Madison and too young to remember the filming, some exterior scenes will show you what our town looked like, circa 1958.
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