Some Came Running

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After the success of From Here to Eternity, pairing Frank Sinatra with another James Jones novel made perfect sense. Set in the aftermath of World War II, the film stars Sinatra as a recently discharged soldier whose promising writing career has derailed. After a drunken card game, Sinatra finds himself aboard a bus for his Indiana hometown of Parktown, with recent acquaintance Shirley MacLaine in tow. An unrefined good-time girl, MacLaine allows her affections to settle on the hard-drinking Sinatra, who wants ...
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After the success of From Here to Eternity, pairing Frank Sinatra with another James Jones novel made perfect sense. Set in the aftermath of World War II, the film stars Sinatra as a recently discharged soldier whose promising writing career has derailed. After a drunken card game, Sinatra finds himself aboard a bus for his Indiana hometown of Parktown, with recent acquaintance Shirley MacLaine in tow. An unrefined good-time girl, MacLaine allows her affections to settle on the hard-drinking Sinatra, who wants little to do with her as he reluctantly sets about re-establishing ties he thought to have abandoned over a decade before. These include a brother (Arthur Kennedy) unable to discard his salesman's persona, his disapproving wife (Leora Dana), and their teenage daughter (Betty Lei Keim). Meanwhile, Sinatra makes a variety of new acquaintances both respectable and otherwise, including a local gambler (Dean Martin) and a creative writing instructor (Martha Hyer) smitten with his writing and possibly with him. Shaking up the complacency of his small hometown more by accident than design, Sinatra forces all those around him to reevaluate their behavior. After a variety of smaller parts, this is the role that cemented MacLaine's name, earning her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. ~ Keith Phipps
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Special Features

New featurette the story of some came running; Theatrical trailers
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Inhibited by its era from playing out the messy relationships of James Jones' novel in all their explicitness, director Vincente Minnelli finds a means of using this to his advantage in Some Came Running, constructing an unsettling melodrama of suggestion and understatement. Minnelli presents a post-war American Anytown that keeps its inhabitants' desires in check through a policy of mutual assured destruction. Even though he rarely acts directly, returning native son Frank Sinatra's arrival upsets the delicate balance of those around him, reminding brother Arthur Kennedy of his lost passion, catalyzing new buddy Dean Martin's destructive tendencies, and encouraging the self-sacrificing habits of girlfriend Shirley MacLaine. A film that only makes sense in widescreen, Minnelli skillfully composes his frames to illustrate the space between his subjects. There's as much drama made of two people traversing the distance between them as some films derive from gunfights. Working against expectations of tidy resolutions and happy endings, its sympathetic but destructive characters demand the loose ends of its conclusion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • UPC: 012569647466
  • Original Release: 1958
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:16:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Dave Hirsh
Dean Martin Bama Dillert
Shirley MacLaine Ginny Moorhead
Martha Hyer Gwen French
Arthur Kennedy Frank Hirsh
Nancy Gates Edith Barclay
Leora Dana Agnes Hirsh
Betty Lou Keim Dawn Hirsh
Carmen Phillips Rosalie
Steven Peck Raymond Lanchak
Larry Gates Prof. French
Connie Gilchrist Jane Barclay
Ned Wever Smitty
John Brennan Wally Dennis
Paul Jones George Huff
Ric Roman Joe
Albert T. Viola Guitarist
Dave White Bus Driver
Jan Arvan Club manager
George Brengel Ned Deacon
George Cisar Hubie Nelson
Chuck Courtney Hotel clerk
Roy Engel Sheriff
Don Haggerty Ted Harperspoon
Anthony Jochim Judge Baskin
Donald Kerr Doc Henderson
Len Lesser Dealer
Denny Miller Dewey Cole
Frank Mitchell Waiter
Marion Ross Sister Mary Joseph
William Schallert Al
George E. Stone Slim
Geraldine Wall Mrs. Stevens
Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
William Horning Art Director
Urie McCleary Art Director
John Patrick Screenwriter
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Sheekman Screenwriter
Sol C. Siegel Producer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Jimmy Van Heusen Score Composer, Songwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Some Came Running
1. Credits [2:00]
2. Bus Stop [3:57]
3. Frank's Unknown Brother [3:50]
4. Paid in Full [6:14]
5. Unwelcome and Unhelpful [5:17]
6. All Girls are Nice [2:45]
7. You Might've Told me [3:49]
8. Wally and the Frenches [3:11]
9. Two for the Road [6:28]
10. Hangers-On [4:29]
11. Talking Nice [4:10]
12. Street Scrap [2:15]
13. 'Bama's Boarder [6:29]
14. It's About Love [5:34]
15. Seductive Writing [4:15]
16. Going Out [4:06]
17. Lovers Lane Liasons [3:56]
18. What are you Afraid of? [1:23]
19. Headed for Terra Haute [3:31]
20. After You've Gone [3:07]
21. Delinquent Dawn [3:52]
22. Good News [4:08]
23. Nobody Touches my Hat [3:37]
24. 'Bama's Ailment [2:58]
25. Ginny Visits Gwen [3:08]
26. Fond of my Niece [6:34]
27. Stay Away from me [4:11]
28. Be in Love with me [3:44]
29. Marry me Tonight [5:31]
30. Lost Friend [2:34]
31. Imminent Departures [3:15]
32. Searching for Dave [3:05]
33. Tragic Targets [4:07]
34. Hilltop Angel [2:14]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Some Came Running
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      The Story of Some Came Running
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles
         English (For the Hearing Impaired)
         Fran├žais
         Portugu├¬s
         Subtitles: Off
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