Some Came Running (film)
|Some Came Running|
|Directed by||Vincente Minnelli|
|Produced by||Sol C. Siegel|
|Written by||John Patrick
|Based on||Some Came Running
by James Jones
|Music by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Cinematography||William H. Daniels|
|Edited by||Adrienne Fazan|
|December 18, 1958|
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, in a bid to duplicate the success of the multi–Academy Award winning film adaptation of James Jones' earlier novel, From Here to Eternity (1953), optioned the 1,200-plus-page book, Some Came Running and cast Frank Sinatra as the lead. Sinatra approved Dean Martin for the role of Bama, in what would be their first film together. Much of the film was shot in and around the town of Madison, Indiana. The supporting cast features Martha Hyer, Arthur Kennedy and Nancy Gates.
MacLaine garnered her first Academy Award nomination, which she credited to Sinatra for his insistence on changing the film's ending.
Dave Hirsh (Frank Sinatra) is a cynical Army veteran who winds up in his hometown of Parkman after being put on a bus in Chicago while intoxicated. Ginny Moorehead (Shirley MacLaine), a woman of seemingly loose morals and poor education, was invited by Dave in his drunken state, but gives her money to return to Chicago because it was a mistake.
Hirsh had left Parkman 16 years before when his older brother, Frank (Arthur Kennedy), placed him in a charity boarding school, and is still embittered. Frank has since married well, inherited a jewelry business from the father of his wife Agnes (Leora Dana), and made their social status his highest priority. Dave's return threatens this, so Frank makes a fruitless stab at arranging respectability, introducing him to his friend Professor French (Larry Gates) and his daughter Gwen (Martha Hyer), a schoolteacher.
Dave moves in different circles than his brother would prefer, however. He befriends Bama Dillert (Dean Martin), a gambler who has also settled in Parkman. Two factors seem to offer Dave hope and redemption: he takes a fatherly interest in his niece, Frank's daughter, Dawn (Betty Lou Keim), and falls in love with Gwen. Despite his somewhat notorious reputation, Dave is basically a good, honest man, well aware of his own shortcomings. His cynicism is often a mask to hide the pain of rejection.
Though Ginny is not his social or intellectual match, he eventually sees the basic good in her and responds to her unconditional love. In the end, Ginny, stalked by her former boyfriend (a Chicago hoodlum), proves the depth of her love for Dave by taking a fatal bullet for him.
Released to critical plaudits, Some Came Running was praised both nationally and internationally on release, with Sinatra garnering some of the strongest notices of his career. Variety noted that "Sinatra gives a top performance, sardonic and compassionate, full of touches both instinctive and technical. It is not easy, either, to play a man dying of a chronic illness and do it with grace and humor, and this Martin does without faltering."
Although the film was popular – according to MGM records it earned $4,245,000 in the US and Canada and $2,050,000 elsewhere – its high cost meant MGM recorded a loss of $207,000. It was the 10th highest-earning film of 1958.
- Best Actress: Shirley MacLaine
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Arthur Kennedy
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Martha Hyer
- Best Music (Song): "To Love And Be Loved," Music by James Van Heusen; Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
- Best Costume Design: Walter Plunkett
Martin Scorsese included a clip from the film for his A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies; the film's final carnival scene remains for Scorsese one of the best and most expressive uses of CinemaScope.
In the 1997 movie Flubber the robot Weebo uses a clip from the film as a shout-out for why she won't sabotage the professors relationship anymore.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
- "The 31st Academy Awards (1959) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- Some Came Running at the Internet Movie Database
- Some Came Running at the TCM Movie Database
- Some Came Running at AllMovie
- Some Came Running at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Variety's review