Frank Sinatra
Director: Lewis Allen Cast: Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
, Sterling Hayden
Sterling Hayden
, James Gleason
James Gleason
Lewis Allen


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Suddenly is the name of the small town invaded by professional assassin Frank Sinatra and his henchmen. Taking a local family hostage, Sinatra sets up a vigil at the second-story window of the family's home. From here, he intends to kill the President of the United States when the latter makes a whistle-stop visit. The film's tension level is enough to induce goose pimples from first scene to last. Sinatra is outstanding as the disgruntled war vet who hopes to become a "somebody" by killing the president. The parallels between his character and Lee Harvey Oswald's are too close for comfort, so much so that Suddenly was withdrawn from local TV packages for several years after the JFK assassination. Sinatra would claim in later years that he himself engineered the removal of Suddenly from general distribution, though in fact he'd lost whatever rights he'd held on the film when it lapsed into public domain. Be sure and miss the notorious colorized version of this black-and-white thriller, wherein Sinatra is transformed into Ol' Brown Eyes.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/2018
UPC: 0889290436764
Original Release: 1954
Source: Film Detective
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:16:00
Sales rank: 35,101

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra John Baron
Sterling Hayden Tod Shaw
James Gleason Pop Benson
Nancy Gates Ellen Benson
Paul H. Frees Benny Conklin
Christopher Dark Bart Wheeler
Willis B. Bouchey Dan Carney
Kim Charney Peter "Pidge" Benson III
Ken Dibbs Wilson
Clark Howat Haggerty
James Lilburn Jud Kelly
Charles B. Smith Bebop
Paul Wexler Slim Adams
Dan White Burge
Richard Collier Ed Hawkins
Roy Engel First Driver
Ted Stanhope Driver
Charles Wagenheim Kaplan
John Beradino Trooper

Technical Credits
Lewis Allen Director
Robert Bassler Producer
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Willard Buell Makeup
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Louis de Witt Special Effects
Charles R. Hall Production Manager
Hal Klein Asst. Director
Jack Masters Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack R. Rabin Special Effects
David Raksin Score Composer
Richard Sale Screenwriter
John Schreyer Editor
F. Paul Sylos Art Director
Herman Townsley Special Effects

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