Suddenly (1954)

77 mins., black and white, mono sound, released by United Artists

Produced by Robert Bassler
Directed by Lewis Allen
Written by Richard Sale
Music by David Raksin
Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke
Costume Design by Jack Masters
Film Editing by John F. Schreyer
Set Decoration by Howard Bristol
Genre: Film-Noir

Frank Sinatra .... John Baron
Sterling Hayden .... Sheriff Tod Shaw
James Gleason .... Pop Benson
Nancy Gates .... Ellen Benson
Kim Charney .... Peter 'Pidge' Benson III
Willis Bouchey .... Dan Carney
Paul Frees .... Benny Conklin
Christopher Dark .... Bart Wheeler
James Lilburn .... Jud Kelly
Ken Dibbs .... Wilson
Clark Howat .... Haggerty
Charles Smith .... Bebo
Paul Wexler .... Slim Adams

Plot Summary: "The tranquility of a small town is marred only by sheriff Tod Shaw's unsuccessful courtship of widow Ellen Benson, a pacifist who can't abide guns and those who use them. But violence descends on Ellen's household willy-nilly when the U.S. President passes through town... and slightly psycho hired assassin John Baron finds the Benson home ideal for an ambush." (written by Rod Crawford {})


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