Some Came Running


2h 14m 1959
Some Came Running

Brief Synopsis

A veteran returns home to deal with family secrets and small-town scandals.

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Some Came Running - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Some Came Running - Publicity Stills
Some Came Running - Movie Poster

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Jan 1959
Premiere Information
World premiere in Los Angeles: 18 Dec 1958; New York opening: 22 Jan 1959
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.; Sol C. Siegel Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Madison, Indiana, United States; Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Some Came Running by James Jones (New York, 1957).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 14m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1
Film Length
12,221ft (16 reels)

Synopsis

In 1946, returning serviceman Dave Hirsh awakens with a hangover on a bus in his hometown of Parkman, Indiana, in the company of Chicago trollop, Ginny Moorhead. To Ginny's disappointment, Dave takes leave of her and checks in to a hotel alone. A writer before the war, Dave has been away from Parkman for sixteen years, but is recognized by the locals who report Dave's arrival to his older brother Frank, a successful jewelry store owner. Suspicious of Dave's unannounced return, Frank visits him. Still resentful over misunderstandings from childhood, Dave refuses to move into Frank's home, but reluctantly agrees to dine with Frank and his wife Agnes that night. Dave then goes to Smitty's Bar and Grill where gambler Bama Dillert introduces himself and invites Dave to join a game of poker that evening. Late that afternoon, Dave goes to the jewelry store and meets Frank's attractive secretary, Edith Barclay. At the Hirshes', Agnes stifles her dislike of Dave, who, in turn, is delighted to meet his seventeen-year-old niece Dawn. When Agnes announces that they will be dining at the country club with retired Professor Robert Haven French and his daughter Gwen, who teaches creative writing at the local college and admires Dave's work, Dave becomes apprehensive. Once the Frenches arrive, however, Dave is put at ease by the professor and is immediately attracted to the prim but striking Gwen. At the club, Dave dances with Gwen, but she is disturbed by his bold physical overtures. Later, when Gwen drives Dave back to his hotel, she ignores his forthright flirtation and attempts to talk to him about his writing. Dismayed by Gwen's cool response, Dave vaguely promises to show her an incomplete story he has written, then goes to Smitty's. At the bar, Dave finds Ginny in the company of her jealous ex-boyfriend, small time Chicago thug Raymond Lanchak. Agreeing to see Ginny later, Dave joins Bama's card game, which is interrupted later by a raid. Just outside of Smitty's, Ginny assures Dave that she is sincerely interested in him, but the couple is waylaid moments later by an angry Raymond, who attacks Dave. Dave and Raymond are taken into police custody. Once Dave is released, he accepts Bama's invitation to move in with him. The following morning, Frank chastises Dave for the altercation and for his association with Ginny, but admits that he paid Dave's legal fine. Later, Dave borrows Bama's car to deliver his unfinished story to the Frenches' home. Gwen acknowledges reading about Dave's arrest, then asks why he is suddenly interested in writing again. Dave admits that her attention prompted him, but when he declares that he may be falling in love with Gwen and attempts to kiss her, she rejects him. Gwen then reads Dave's story and praises it sincerely, insisting that with only a few minor changes she could submit it to a magazine. Surprised, Dave agrees to the changes, then again makes romantic overtures to Gwen, who at last gives in to a passionate kiss before insisting that he depart. That evening, when Agnes reproaches Frank for Dave's behavior, Frank goes to the jewelry store, where he is surprised to find Edith working late. Impulsively Frank asks Edith to go on a drive with him and they end up on a lover's lane, where Edith admits her long attraction to Frank. Unknown to Frank, Dawn and her boyfriend Wally Dennis are parked nearby and Dawn is shocked to see her father kissing Edith. Several days later, Dave visits Gwen to demand to know why she has not contacted him and Gwen confesses her discomfort with Dave's intensity. When Dave accuses Gwen of being afraid, she maintains that they should get to know one another. Undaunted, Dave proposes, only to be stung when Gwen declares that she refuses to becomes another of Dave's barroom tarts. Returning to Bama's, Dave agrees to go with his friend on a gambling trip to Terre Haute and Indianapolis and invites Ginny to join them. That night in a Terre Haute bar, Dave bitterly assures Ginny that he is not involved with Gwen, then is surprised to see a drunken Dawn sitting with a much older man. Dawn confesses to having run away from home out of disillusionment, but Dave gently admonishes her and insists she return home. The next day Dave and Bama continue to Indianapolis. Dave attempts to phone Gwen several times, but she refuses to accept his call until her father presses her to speak to Dave. Gwen tells Dave that his story will be published in a highly respected literary magazine and admits to missing him. Pleased, Dave returns to the card game, where a man accuses Dave and Bama of colluding to cheat him. When the man then knocks off Bama's lucky hat, a fight breaks out and Bama is knifed by the man, who then flees. Later at the hospital, a doctor tells the recovering Bama that he suffers from diabetes and counsels him to stop drinking and change his lifestyle. Meanwhile back in Parkman, Ginny goes to the college to see Gwen. Lingering outside of Gwen's classroom, Ginny listens uncomprehendingly while Gwen tells her students that supremely gifted artists should not be judged by their personal behavior. After class, Ginny approaches Gwen and asks if she intends to marry Dave. Taken aback, Gwen is unsure how to respond. When Ginny reveals that she was with Dave in Terre Haute and that although she is in love with him, she would give him up to make him happy, Gwen icily declares that there is nothing between them. Upon his return to Parkman, Dave sees Dawn, who happily reveals that she has gotten a job with a New York publishing house. Later, Frank berates Dave at the store for the fight in Terre Haute, but Dave advises Frank to pay more attention to his daughter. Overcome with guilt, Edith then declares that she is leaving town. Dave visits the Frenches, but when he realizes that Gwen is purposely avoiding him, he goes to her bedroom to find her. Dave demands to know why Gwen has changed since their phone conversation and she angrily tells him that she does not like his life or his associates. Disheartened, Dave returns to Bama's, where he insults Ginny, who is enthusiastically clutching the magazine with his article. Later, Dave apologizes for his rudeness and reads Ginny his story, but is frustrated when she admits that she does not understand it, but still likes it. When Ginny adds that she does not understand Dave yet loves him, Dave proposes. Stunned and ecstatic, Ginny accepts. Dismayed when Dave reveals his plans, Bama leaves the house. That evening as the city of Parkman celebrates its Centennial, Dave and Ginny are married by a justice of the peace. When Bama learns that Raymond has returned to town and is threatening to kill Dave, he hurries out into the festive crowds to search for his friend. Chasing the unsuspecting Dave and Ginny through the crowds, Raymond shoots and wounds Dave, but when he attempts to fire again, Ginny throws herself in front of Dave and is killed. The following day, a devastated Dave, Bama and the Frenches attend Ginny's funeral.

Crew

Virgil Apger

Stills

John E. Barber

Grip

Carl Beonde

Props

Elmer Bernstein

Music Score

Morris Brown

War man

Sammy Cahn

Composer

Charles Coleman

Loc Director

Lauren Cosand

Makeup man

William H. Daniels

Director of Photography

John Delgado

Stand-in for Frank Sinatra

Thomas Donnell

Grip

W. F. Eckhardt

Grip

Adrienne Fazan

Film Editor

Norwood Fenton

Mixer

David Friedman

Unit Manager

Gertrude Gellert

Wardrobe woman

Henry Grace

Set Decoration

Joe Gray

Stand-in for Dean Martin

Charles K. Hagedon

Color Consultant

William A. Horning

Art Director

Eylla Jacobus

Script Supervisor

Bill Johnson

Camera crew

Larry Jost

Recording

Norman Jost

Boom Operator

Paul Koons

2d Assistant Camera

Al Lane

Camera Operator

Thomas Long

Grip

Lambert Marks

Wardrobe man

Urie Mccleary

Art Director

Tom Mccrory

2d Assistant Director

Don Mcdonald

Wardrobe man

Don Mcelwaine

Assistant and loc cast

Guy Mcelwaine

Pub

William Mcgarry

Assistant Director

Franklin Milton

Recording Supervisor

Leo Monlon

Head grip

Kurt Neumann

2d Assistant Director

Phil O'neil

Assistant Camera

Tony Ordoqui

Props

John Patrick

Screenwriter

Dean B. Peterson

Best Boy

Walter Plunkett

Costumes

Bernard Poned

Makeup man

Robert Priestley

Set Decoration

Jane Rinck

Body makeup

Albert Robison

Grip

Camden Rogers

Best Boy

Jack Sekely

Assistant Editor

Wesley Shanks

Gaffer

Arthur Sheekman

Screenwriter

Sol C. Siegel

Company

Roy Strickland

Grip

Doris Stutz

Wardrobe woman

Josephine Sweeney

Hairdresser

William Tuttle

Makeup

James Van Heusen

Composer

Robert Webb

Cast Director

Jack Wilson

Makeup man

Photo Collections

Some Came Running - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Some Came Running (1959), directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Shirley MacLaine.
Some Came Running - Publicity Stills
Here are a number of Publicity Stills from Some Came Running (1958). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Some Came Running - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Some Came Running (1958). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

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Some Came Running (1959) - You're A Nice Kid From the opening credits, veteran Dave Hirsch (Frank Sinatra) has forgotten about Ginny (Shirley MacLaine), arriving in his Indiana home town on a Greyhound, in Some Came Running, 1959, Vincente Minnelli's film from the James Jones novel.
Some Came Running (1959) - Same Handsome Rascal Arriving with long-estranged banker brother Frank (Arthur Kennedy), ex-writer and discharged soldier Dave (Frank Sinatra) meets sister-in-law Agnes (Leora Dana) and niece Dawn (Betty Lou Keim), in Vincente Minnelli's Some Came Running, 1959.
Some Came Running (1959) - One Hundred Percent Platonic Long inactive writer Dave (Frank Sinatra) is more interested in creative writing teacher Gwen (Martha Hyer) than in his work, as she reviews his latest, in Vincente Minnelli's Some Came Running, 1959.
Some Came Running (1959) - He Ain't In Love With Me Chicago party-girl Ginny (Shirley MacLaine) visits college teacher Gwen (Martha Hyer) on campus, inquiring about Dave (Frank Sinatra, not seen), a key moment in Vincente Minnelli's Some Came Running, 1959.
Some Came Running (1959) - Make Your Own Limit Back in his home town and losing interest in local society, de-mobbed soldier Dave (Frank Sinatra) bonds with new pal Bama (Dean Martin) over poker, in Vincente Minnelli's Some Came Running, 1959.
Some Came Running (1959) - Whiskey's A Man's Drink First with barkeep Smitty (Ned Wever) and delinquent Wally (John Brennan), back-in-town Dave Hirsch (Frank Sinatra) meets gambler Bama Dillert (Dean Martin), in Vincente Minneli's Some Came Running, 1959.

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Film Details

Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Jan 1959
Premiere Information
World premiere in Los Angeles: 18 Dec 1958; New York opening: 22 Jan 1959
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.; Sol C. Siegel Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Madison, Indiana, United States; Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Some Came Running by James Jones (New York, 1957).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 14m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1
Film Length
12,221ft (16 reels)

Award Nominations

Best Costume Design

1959
Walter Plunkett

Best Song

1959

Best Supporting Actor

1959
Arthur Kennedy

Best Supporting Actress

1959
Martha Hyer

Best Actress

1959
Shirley Maclaine

Articles

The Essentials (1/14/2006) - SOME CAME RUNNING


SYNOPSIS

Dave Hirsh is a returning WWII veteran whose career as a writer has taken a nosedive. He arrives by bus to his boyhood home of Parkham, Illinois, carrying a new manuscript. Shortly upon arrival he hooks up with a good-hearted floozy named Ginny. Dave proceeds to shake up the complacency of the small town as he reacquaints himself with his estranged brother Frank and his upper-crust family. Ginny attaches herself to Dave and his other circle of friends, which includes local gambler Bama. Playing both sides of the town's dividing line of respectability, Dave also forms a relationship with Gwen, a lonely schoolteacher.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Producer: Sol C. Siegel
Screenplay: John Patrick, Arthur Sheekman, based on the novel by James Jones
Cinematography: William H. Daniels
Editor: Adrienne Fazan
Art Direction: William A. Horning, Urie McCleary
Music: Elmer Bernstein
Song: Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen
Costume Design: Walter Plunkett
Makeup: William Tuttle
Cast: Frank Sinatra (Dave Hirsh), Dean Martin (Bama Dillert), Shirley MacLaine (Ginny Moorhead), Martha Hyer (Gwen French), Arthur Kennedy (Frank Hirsh).
C-137m. Letterboxed. Close captioning.

Why SOME CAME RUNNING is Essential

Encouraged by the sales and the critical acclaim of his book, From Here to Eternity, James Jones set down to write the great American novel. The result was Some Came Running, the story of a war veteran with literary aspirations who returns in 1948 to his hometown of Parkham, Illinois, after a failed writing career. While it wasn't the masterpiece Jones hoped it would be, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, hoping to duplicate the success of From Here to Eternity (1953), optioned the book and cast Frank Sinatra as the lead, Dave Hirsh. Sinatra, in turn, approved Dean Martin for the role of his gambling pal, Bama Dillert. Martin had recently split from a partnership with Jerry Lewis and was just beginning to prove himself as an actor.

Producer Sol Siegel brought Vincente Minnelli on board as director. Minnelli was no doubt attracted to many of the story's major themes - the tortured artist (a frequent Minnelli protagonist), the conflict of two brothers who are polar opposites in temperament (reminiscent of the brothers that had been seen in Minnelli's Undercurrent (1946) and would feature in his 1960 melodrama, Home from the Hill), and small-town America - here featuring complex layers of hypocrisy and social strictures. Minnelli later wrote that he drew upon his own childhood memories for many of the small-town details.

The movie provided Shirley MacLaine with her best role to date. In her autobiography, Dance While You Can, MacLaine gave much of the credit for her success in the part to Sinatra: "I always thought he was responsible for my good performance in Some Came Running. 'Let the kid get killed,' he said to Vincente Minnelli and to the head of the studio. 'If she dies, she'll get more sympathy. Then she'll get nominated.' He was right."

Minnelli puts every part of the CinemaScope widescreen to use in Some Came Running - it is a textbook example of using the format in a non-epic film. Minnelli's staging and composition within the frame often provides as much information about character relationship as does the dialogue. Using very few close-ups, Minnelli stages long takes in medium shots that are crammed with background detail and bits of business that reveal much about the town and the characters' shifting social status within it.

The film features careful color and design choices throughout. Minnelli saw Some Came Running as "a story of small-town honky-tonks, of cheap low lifes not without charm. The audience had to be knocked out by their vulgarity. I decided to use the inside of a juke box as my inspiration for the settings - garishly lit in primary colors." While the pyrotechnics of color are clearly evident in the carnival setting of the finale, the entire film is enhanced by a subtle color design.

Elmer Bernstein provides Some Came Running with a varied and underrated music score. It avoids being overwrought in supporting the quiet melodrama of the picture, but is appropriately jazzy for the violent outbursts. A flash of intense red kicks off the carnival finale, and Bernstein keeps up with Minnelli's garish "juke box" visuals shot for shot.

In addition to MacLaine's Oscar® nomination for Best Actress in Some Came Running, the film was also in the running for Best Supporting Actor (Arthur Kennedy), Best Supporting Actress (Martha Hyer), Best Song ("To Love and Be Loved" by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen), and Best Costume Design (Walter Plunkett). Although Some Came Running didn't win in any of the categories, 1959 was a banner year for Vincente Minnelli who won the Best Director Oscar for Gigi. He could be proud of the fact that together his two films racked up a total of fourteen Academy Award nominations.

by John Miller & Jeff Stafford
The Essentials (1/14/2006) - Some Came Running

The Essentials (1/14/2006) - SOME CAME RUNNING

SYNOPSIS Dave Hirsh is a returning WWII veteran whose career as a writer has taken a nosedive. He arrives by bus to his boyhood home of Parkham, Illinois, carrying a new manuscript. Shortly upon arrival he hooks up with a good-hearted floozy named Ginny. Dave proceeds to shake up the complacency of the small town as he reacquaints himself with his estranged brother Frank and his upper-crust family. Ginny attaches herself to Dave and his other circle of friends, which includes local gambler Bama. Playing both sides of the town's dividing line of respectability, Dave also forms a relationship with Gwen, a lonely schoolteacher. Director: Vincente Minnelli Producer: Sol C. Siegel Screenplay: John Patrick, Arthur Sheekman, based on the novel by James Jones Cinematography: William H. Daniels Editor: Adrienne Fazan Art Direction: William A. Horning, Urie McCleary Music: Elmer Bernstein Song: Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen Costume Design: Walter Plunkett Makeup: William Tuttle Cast: Frank Sinatra (Dave Hirsh), Dean Martin (Bama Dillert), Shirley MacLaine (Ginny Moorhead), Martha Hyer (Gwen French), Arthur Kennedy (Frank Hirsh). C-137m. Letterboxed. Close captioning. Why SOME CAME RUNNING is Essential Encouraged by the sales and the critical acclaim of his book, From Here to Eternity, James Jones set down to write the great American novel. The result was Some Came Running, the story of a war veteran with literary aspirations who returns in 1948 to his hometown of Parkham, Illinois, after a failed writing career. While it wasn't the masterpiece Jones hoped it would be, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, hoping to duplicate the success of From Here to Eternity (1953), optioned the book and cast Frank Sinatra as the lead, Dave Hirsh. Sinatra, in turn, approved Dean Martin for the role of his gambling pal, Bama Dillert. Martin had recently split from a partnership with Jerry Lewis and was just beginning to prove himself as an actor. Producer Sol Siegel brought Vincente Minnelli on board as director. Minnelli was no doubt attracted to many of the story's major themes - the tortured artist (a frequent Minnelli protagonist), the conflict of two brothers who are polar opposites in temperament (reminiscent of the brothers that had been seen in Minnelli's Undercurrent (1946) and would feature in his 1960 melodrama, Home from the Hill), and small-town America - here featuring complex layers of hypocrisy and social strictures. Minnelli later wrote that he drew upon his own childhood memories for many of the small-town details. The movie provided Shirley MacLaine with her best role to date. In her autobiography, Dance While You Can, MacLaine gave much of the credit for her success in the part to Sinatra: "I always thought he was responsible for my good performance in Some Came Running. 'Let the kid get killed,' he said to Vincente Minnelli and to the head of the studio. 'If she dies, she'll get more sympathy. Then she'll get nominated.' He was right." Minnelli puts every part of the CinemaScope widescreen to use in Some Came Running - it is a textbook example of using the format in a non-epic film. Minnelli's staging and composition within the frame often provides as much information about character relationship as does the dialogue. Using very few close-ups, Minnelli stages long takes in medium shots that are crammed with background detail and bits of business that reveal much about the town and the characters' shifting social status within it. The film features careful color and design choices throughout. Minnelli saw Some Came Running as "a story of small-town honky-tonks, of cheap low lifes not without charm. The audience had to be knocked out by their vulgarity. I decided to use the inside of a juke box as my inspiration for the settings - garishly lit in primary colors." While the pyrotechnics of color are clearly evident in the carnival setting of the finale, the entire film is enhanced by a subtle color design. Elmer Bernstein provides Some Came Running with a varied and underrated music score. It avoids being overwrought in supporting the quiet melodrama of the picture, but is appropriately jazzy for the violent outbursts. A flash of intense red kicks off the carnival finale, and Bernstein keeps up with Minnelli's garish "juke box" visuals shot for shot. In addition to MacLaine's Oscar® nomination for Best Actress in Some Came Running, the film was also in the running for Best Supporting Actor (Arthur Kennedy), Best Supporting Actress (Martha Hyer), Best Song ("To Love and Be Loved" by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen), and Best Costume Design (Walter Plunkett). Although Some Came Running didn't win in any of the categories, 1959 was a banner year for Vincente Minnelli who won the Best Director Oscar for Gigi. He could be proud of the fact that together his two films racked up a total of fourteen Academy Award nominations. by John Miller & Jeff Stafford

Pop Culture (1/14/2006) - SOME CAME RUNNING


Pop Culture 101 - SOME CAME RUNNING

Some Came Running is often called the beginning of the famed "Rat Pack." Actually, the term was originally coined by Lauren Bacall in the mid-1950s and attached to her husband Humphrey Bogart and his social circle in Holmby Hills, which included Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland (and on occasion, her husband Vincente Minnelli). This informal group dissolved when Bogart died of throat cancer in 1957. The Some Came Running filming, then, can be seen as the beginning of the Sinatra-led, Las Vegas-centered Rat Pack, which consisted of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and their "Girl Friday," Shirley MacLaine. The group (Sinatra preferred "The Clan" or "The Summit" to "The Rat Pack") reached its cultural apex in 1960, as they filmed Ocean's Eleven in the daytime while performing two shows a night at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Vegas. That same summer Frank, Sammy, Peter, and Shirley sang the "Star-Spangled Banner" to open the Democratic National Convention, at which Lawford's brother-in-law John F. Kennedy received the nomination for President.

Following his first two novels, writer James Jones continued to explore WWII and the veterans of war in most of his subsequent books. Pistol dealt with the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Thin Red Line and Whistle were populated with virtually the same characters that existed in Jones' classic first novel, From Here to Eternity. Jones had good reason for this single-minded interest; as a young sailor he was stationed at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and witnessed the surprise attack. He was later wounded at Guadalcanal and returned home to small-town Illinois, where he began writing about his experiences. He helped create the Handy Writer's Colony in Marshall, Illinois, which existed until 1964. He lived in Paris for a decade, then taught in Miami for a time before his death in 1977. The Thin Red Line, about Guadalcanal, was filmed in 1964 and again (by Terrence Malick) in 1998. James Jones also served as "script consultant" for the 1962 film about the Normandy invasion, The Longest Day.

Some Came Running features the song "To Love and Be Loved," written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. The pair was responsible for writing numerous hit songs for movies, in particular several recorded by Sinatra, such as "All the Way" from The Joker Is Wild (1957) and "High Hopes" from A Hole in the Head (1959). Van Heusen was a long-time Sinatra crony, and was one of the many guests to the house Sinatra and Dean Martin rented in Madison, Indiana, during the Some Came Running shoot.

Vincente Minnelli's daughter became an honorary member of the Rat Pack in 1988. During a final live performance tour that year featuring Sinatra, Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., Martin fell ill and Liza Minnelli stepped in for the remaining tour dates.

by John Miller

Pop Culture (1/14/2006) - SOME CAME RUNNING

Pop Culture 101 - SOME CAME RUNNING Some Came Running is often called the beginning of the famed "Rat Pack." Actually, the term was originally coined by Lauren Bacall in the mid-1950s and attached to her husband Humphrey Bogart and his social circle in Holmby Hills, which included Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland (and on occasion, her husband Vincente Minnelli). This informal group dissolved when Bogart died of throat cancer in 1957. The Some Came Running filming, then, can be seen as the beginning of the Sinatra-led, Las Vegas-centered Rat Pack, which consisted of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and their "Girl Friday," Shirley MacLaine. The group (Sinatra preferred "The Clan" or "The Summit" to "The Rat Pack") reached its cultural apex in 1960, as they filmed Ocean's Eleven in the daytime while performing two shows a night at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Vegas. That same summer Frank, Sammy, Peter, and Shirley sang the "Star-Spangled Banner" to open the Democratic National Convention, at which Lawford's brother-in-law John F. Kennedy received the nomination for President. Following his first two novels, writer James Jones continued to explore WWII and the veterans of war in most of his subsequent books. Pistol dealt with the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Thin Red Line and Whistle were populated with virtually the same characters that existed in Jones' classic first novel, From Here to Eternity. Jones had good reason for this single-minded interest; as a young sailor he was stationed at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and witnessed the surprise attack. He was later wounded at Guadalcanal and returned home to small-town Illinois, where he began writing about his experiences. He helped create the Handy Writer's Colony in Marshall, Illinois, which existed until 1964. He lived in Paris for a decade, then taught in Miami for a time before his death in 1977. The Thin Red Line, about Guadalcanal, was filmed in 1964 and again (by Terrence Malick) in 1998. James Jones also served as "script consultant" for the 1962 film about the Normandy invasion, The Longest Day. Some Came Running features the song "To Love and Be Loved," written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. The pair was responsible for writing numerous hit songs for movies, in particular several recorded by Sinatra, such as "All the Way" from The Joker Is Wild (1957) and "High Hopes" from A Hole in the Head (1959). Van Heusen was a long-time Sinatra crony, and was one of the many guests to the house Sinatra and Dean Martin rented in Madison, Indiana, during the Some Came Running shoot. Vincente Minnelli's daughter became an honorary member of the Rat Pack in 1988. During a final live performance tour that year featuring Sinatra, Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., Martin fell ill and Liza Minnelli stepped in for the remaining tour dates. by John Miller

Trivia (1/14/2006) - SOME CAME RUNNING


Trivia and Other Fun Stuff on SOME CAME RUNNING

While Some Came Running lost in the five categories in which it was nominated for an Academy Award, director Vincente Minnelli was still a happy man after the 1959 Oscar® ceremony. His other heavily-nominated film that year, Gigi, walked away with nine wins, including Best Picture and Best Director.

The shooting location of Madison, Indiana, was featured in a documentary produced during WWII by the Office of War Information as the "Model American Community."

The principal actors in Some Came Running were close-knit and were soon reunited on screen. Shirley MacLaine next co-starred with Frank Sinatra in Can-Can (1960), and with Dean Martin in All In a Night's Work (1961). Sinatra and Martin co-starred in many more films together, the first being the Rat Pack opus Ocean's Eleven (1960), which also featured a cameo by MacLaine.

Vincente Minnelli and Dean Martin worked together again just two years after Some Came Running, on the musical Bells Are Ringing (1960), co-starring Judy Holliday.

While Frank Sinatra clashed with director Minnelli during the filming of Some Came Running, he obviously got along fine with director of photography William H. Daniels, who shot Sinatra's next four movies: A Hole in the Head and Never So Few in 1959, and Can-Can and Ocean's Eleven in 1960.

by John Miller

Famous Quotes from SOME CAME RUNNING

Dave (Frank Sinatra): I'll have the best room in the house.
Hotel clerk (Chuck Courtney): Seven-fifty a day?
Dave: I once promised myself that if I had to come back here I'd have the best room in the house.

Frank (Arthur Kennedy): Oh, I know, I know - It's getting a little thin on top, but like they say, not much grass on a busy street.
Dave: You may be losing your hair, but you haven't lost your razor sharp wit. You wanna drink?
Frank: What - at 10:30 in the morning?
Dave: I don't watch a clock.

Frank: Say, why don't you have diner with us. I'd like it very much. Not that it'll look funny if you don't, you know, but...

Bama (Dean Martin): You sorta stuck the needle in ol' Frank where it hurts - y'know, puttin' your money in a bank he ain't with.
Dave: News sure gets around fast.
Bama: 'Bout the only thing in town that does. Do you play cards, Mr. Hirsh?

Dawn (Betty Lou Keim): Bumming around, doing all sorts of jobs...didn't that help to make you a writer?
Dave: Dawn, honey, bumming around can only help make you a bum.

Gwen (Martha Hyer): You know, I've watched every step of your career with a great deal of interest.
Dave: You must have a lot of spare time.

Gwen: I wish I could influence you to start writing again.
Dave: Good. Then we'd be pen-pals.
Gwen: I would like to - I started to say stimulate you - I would like to help you, if you decide to start writing. I am a good critic.
Dave: Would you mind dropping me on the corner - on my head, please.

Ginny (Shirley MacLaine): You know the only time you talk nice to me is when you're loaded?
Dave: Let's get loaded.

Dave: You know what I don't figure? You drink three drinks to my one, and you look like a milk-fed quarterback.
Bama: That all depends on what a man's cut out for - I can drink, and you can write.

Bama: I don't know what it is about them pigs, but they always look better at night.

Dave: Apparently you didn't hear what I said. I'm in love with you. Gwen: And I was avoiding the obvious comment that you said that with the ease of a man who's said that rather often to quite an assortment of women.

Ginny (upon hearing Dave's short story): No, honest - I really liked it a lot. Golly, just think ¿ you can put those words down on paper like that, and all I can do is hem brassieres. You know, it really makes me feel like a terrible failure.

Compiled by John Miller

Trivia (1/14/2006) - SOME CAME RUNNING

Trivia and Other Fun Stuff on SOME CAME RUNNING While Some Came Running lost in the five categories in which it was nominated for an Academy Award, director Vincente Minnelli was still a happy man after the 1959 Oscar® ceremony. His other heavily-nominated film that year, Gigi, walked away with nine wins, including Best Picture and Best Director. The shooting location of Madison, Indiana, was featured in a documentary produced during WWII by the Office of War Information as the "Model American Community." The principal actors in Some Came Running were close-knit and were soon reunited on screen. Shirley MacLaine next co-starred with Frank Sinatra in Can-Can (1960), and with Dean Martin in All In a Night's Work (1961). Sinatra and Martin co-starred in many more films together, the first being the Rat Pack opus Ocean's Eleven (1960), which also featured a cameo by MacLaine. Vincente Minnelli and Dean Martin worked together again just two years after Some Came Running, on the musical Bells Are Ringing (1960), co-starring Judy Holliday. While Frank Sinatra clashed with director Minnelli during the filming of Some Came Running, he obviously got along fine with director of photography William H. Daniels, who shot Sinatra's next four movies: A Hole in the Head and Never So Few in 1959, and Can-Can and Ocean's Eleven in 1960. by John Miller Famous Quotes from SOME CAME RUNNING Dave (Frank Sinatra): I'll have the best room in the house. Hotel clerk (Chuck Courtney): Seven-fifty a day? Dave: I once promised myself that if I had to come back here I'd have the best room in the house. Frank (Arthur Kennedy): Oh, I know, I know - It's getting a little thin on top, but like they say, not much grass on a busy street. Dave: You may be losing your hair, but you haven't lost your razor sharp wit. You wanna drink? Frank: What - at 10:30 in the morning? Dave: I don't watch a clock. Frank: Say, why don't you have diner with us. I'd like it very much. Not that it'll look funny if you don't, you know, but... Bama (Dean Martin): You sorta stuck the needle in ol' Frank where it hurts - y'know, puttin' your money in a bank he ain't with. Dave: News sure gets around fast. Bama: 'Bout the only thing in town that does. Do you play cards, Mr. Hirsh? Dawn (Betty Lou Keim): Bumming around, doing all sorts of jobs...didn't that help to make you a writer? Dave: Dawn, honey, bumming around can only help make you a bum. Gwen (Martha Hyer): You know, I've watched every step of your career with a great deal of interest. Dave: You must have a lot of spare time. Gwen: I wish I could influence you to start writing again. Dave: Good. Then we'd be pen-pals. Gwen: I would like to - I started to say stimulate you - I would like to help you, if you decide to start writing. I am a good critic. Dave: Would you mind dropping me on the corner - on my head, please. Ginny (Shirley MacLaine): You know the only time you talk nice to me is when you're loaded? Dave: Let's get loaded. Dave: You know what I don't figure? You drink three drinks to my one, and you look like a milk-fed quarterback. Bama: That all depends on what a man's cut out for - I can drink, and you can write. Bama: I don't know what it is about them pigs, but they always look better at night. Dave: Apparently you didn't hear what I said. I'm in love with you. Gwen: And I was avoiding the obvious comment that you said that with the ease of a man who's said that rather often to quite an assortment of women. Ginny (upon hearing Dave's short story): No, honest - I really liked it a lot. Golly, just think ¿ you can put those words down on paper like that, and all I can do is hem brassieres. You know, it really makes me feel like a terrible failure. Compiled by John Miller

The Big Idea (1/14/2006) - SOME CAME RUNNING


The Big Idea Behind SOME CAME RUNNING

James Jones' debut novel, From Here to Eternity, proved to be a critical success and a national best-seller upon its publication in 1951. It also provided Frank Sinatra with his famed "comeback" role as Private Maggio when it was adapted for the screen in 1953. Jones subsequently set out to write a worthy follow-up for his sophomore effort. MGM bought the movie rights to this next novel almost a year before publication, paying $250,000 for it in January 1957. Some Came Running, all 1,266 pages of it, was finally released by Scribner's in November, 1957 - more than six years after the publication of Jones' first novel. Literary critics were not overly impressed with the book, calling it rambling and self-indulgent. MGM was undeterred, however, and was determined to create an effective melodrama out of the Jones epic.

Sol C. Siegel had just taken over from Dore Schary as MGM production chief, and under his supervision a screenwriting team was assigned to condense Jones' book down to feature film size. John Patrick and Arthur Sheekman cut out many of the book's secondary characters, eliminated confusing flashbacks, and condensed the timeline from three years to several weeks. Siegel first gave thought to casting bankable star Glenn Ford in the lead, then hit upon a bit of stunt casting - namely, Frank Sinatra, who had been such a smash in the film of Jones' first novel. Sinatra's price had gone up quite a bit since the dark days of 1953. His fee for Some Came Running and two other Metro films was a then-astounding $400,000 against ten-percent of the gross profits.

Vincente Minnelli had just returned from shooting The Reluctant Debutante (1958) when MGM offered him Some Came Running to direct. For Minnelli, it was a wonderful opportunity to explore small-town life in America and a welcome change of pace after months of filming in Europe. Minnelli later wrote in his autobiography, "The James Jones novel was long and rambling, heavily populated, but I felt the main characters were interesting and well thought out." So he took on the rigorous schedule - six months to turn a first-draft script into a film in time for an Oscar®-qualifying showing in Los Angeles before the end of 1958.

Minnelli set about casting the rest of the picture. Sinatra pal Dean Martin was a natural as the hero's gambling buddy Bama Dillert. For the showy role of dimwitted Ginny Moorhead, Sinatra suggested Shirley MacLaine because he had seen her on a Pat Boone TV special, and because (as MacLaine was to write later), "they couldn't get Shelley Winters." MacLaine continued, "Upon learning that I had landed the role of Ginny Moorhead, I immediately went to a specialty store and had a stuffed toy dog made, which I would use as a prop for the role. I boarded a bus for Madison and arrived on location completely in character. Frank saw me get off the bus and just fell down laughing, 'That's Ginny,' he said."

With filming set to begin in early August in Madison, Indiana, Sinatra and Martin rented a house adjacent to the hotel where the rest of the cast and crew would be housed. In their personal bungalow, Frank and Dean could relax, drink, play cards and play host to assorted colorful out-of-town guests. Shirley MacLaine later called these guests "The Boys from Chicago" and said, "I didn't know who they were. I only knew that the nightlife of poker, jokes, pasta, and booze went on until five a.m. Our calls were at six a.m."

by John Miller

The Big Idea (1/14/2006) - SOME CAME RUNNING

The Big Idea Behind SOME CAME RUNNING James Jones' debut novel, From Here to Eternity, proved to be a critical success and a national best-seller upon its publication in 1951. It also provided Frank Sinatra with his famed "comeback" role as Private Maggio when it was adapted for the screen in 1953. Jones subsequently set out to write a worthy follow-up for his sophomore effort. MGM bought the movie rights to this next novel almost a year before publication, paying $250,000 for it in January 1957. Some Came Running, all 1,266 pages of it, was finally released by Scribner's in November, 1957 - more than six years after the publication of Jones' first novel. Literary critics were not overly impressed with the book, calling it rambling and self-indulgent. MGM was undeterred, however, and was determined to create an effective melodrama out of the Jones epic. Sol C. Siegel had just taken over from Dore Schary as MGM production chief, and under his supervision a screenwriting team was assigned to condense Jones' book down to feature film size. John Patrick and Arthur Sheekman cut out many of the book's secondary characters, eliminated confusing flashbacks, and condensed the timeline from three years to several weeks. Siegel first gave thought to casting bankable star Glenn Ford in the lead, then hit upon a bit of stunt casting - namely, Frank Sinatra, who had been such a smash in the film of Jones' first novel. Sinatra's price had gone up quite a bit since the dark days of 1953. His fee for Some Came Running and two other Metro films was a then-astounding $400,000 against ten-percent of the gross profits. Vincente Minnelli had just returned from shooting The Reluctant Debutante (1958) when MGM offered him Some Came Running to direct. For Minnelli, it was a wonderful opportunity to explore small-town life in America and a welcome change of pace after months of filming in Europe. Minnelli later wrote in his autobiography, "The James Jones novel was long and rambling, heavily populated, but I felt the main characters were interesting and well thought out." So he took on the rigorous schedule - six months to turn a first-draft script into a film in time for an Oscar®-qualifying showing in Los Angeles before the end of 1958. Minnelli set about casting the rest of the picture. Sinatra pal Dean Martin was a natural as the hero's gambling buddy Bama Dillert. For the showy role of dimwitted Ginny Moorhead, Sinatra suggested Shirley MacLaine because he had seen her on a Pat Boone TV special, and because (as MacLaine was to write later), "they couldn't get Shelley Winters." MacLaine continued, "Upon learning that I had landed the role of Ginny Moorhead, I immediately went to a specialty store and had a stuffed toy dog made, which I would use as a prop for the role. I boarded a bus for Madison and arrived on location completely in character. Frank saw me get off the bus and just fell down laughing, 'That's Ginny,' he said." With filming set to begin in early August in Madison, Indiana, Sinatra and Martin rented a house adjacent to the hotel where the rest of the cast and crew would be housed. In their personal bungalow, Frank and Dean could relax, drink, play cards and play host to assorted colorful out-of-town guests. Shirley MacLaine later called these guests "The Boys from Chicago" and said, "I didn't know who they were. I only knew that the nightlife of poker, jokes, pasta, and booze went on until five a.m. Our calls were at six a.m." by John Miller

Behind the Camera (1/14/2006) - SOME CAME RUNNING


Behind the Camera on SOME CAME RUNNING

The entire cast and crew of Some Came Running traveled to Madison, Indiana, for the majority of filming but after the town's initial excitement over Frank Sinatra's arrival, an antagonistic relationship developed between the star and the townspeople after the press reported some disparaging comments from Sinatra about their fair city. As director Vincente Minnelli observed, "The people of Madison..weren't aware of what they had in their midst. They thought Frank and his friends were just plain movie stars, to be ogled and fondled. But Frank chooses the subjects of his familiarity - they don't choose him. The fireworks were inevitable." Shirley MacLaine takes over the story: "The people of Madison surrounded the house night and day, sometimes four abreast, hoping and waiting to see these male movie idols. We had to keep the curtains drawn for privacy and that soon started to wear on all of us. It was like living in a tomb! It became a surreal experience as women would break through the police barricade, enter the house and target Frank and Dean, ripping at their clothes."

In her autobiography, MacLaine would later describe how the actors and director got along during the close-quarters shooting in Madison. "I was comfortable and friendly being around the guys in the group," she said, "because I was perceived by most of them as a mascot. I was the only woman they allowed in the house...I was a pal, maybe even one of the boys." She thought that Martin turned in his best ever performance, because "he was a lot like Bama, a loner with his own code of ethics who would never compromise, so maybe it wasn't really a performance." MacLaine went on to say that "Neither [Dean] nor Frank liked Vincente Minnelli. They thought he was too precious and pursed his lips too much." She herself thought he was "an excellent director, simply because he didn't direct much. He 'let' us actors find our own characters and our own way. Dean thrived on the freedom he felt with Vincente¿ but Frank was threatened by this way of working because the freedom of choice exposed him too much." Director Vincente Minnelli related how he gave Sinatra and Martin advice on approaching their characters: "I think you should approach each other - as if you were two matrons being introduced at a party in Beverly Hills. Both of you used to be hookers, but you're now married to producers and are totally respectable. But when you look at each other, you know, you both know."

Characters often have their own color codes in Some Came Running, and even the social settings dictate different color approaches. Carefully chosen colors are used as exclamation points in certain scenes. Minnelli alluded to this consideration when he described, "Even after we'd started filming, I'd roam the streets of Madison. I came across a red brick building with a neon sign, set off the street, and immediately cast it as the house Bama would be living in." On Sinatra's acting style, Minnelli wrote, "Frank hated to rehearse. Prior to shooting each scene, I would work with other members of the cast until the last moment. Frank would then be called in, we'd go over the scene once again, and shoot. He gave me everything I wanted." Minnelli and Sinatra clashed famously during the filming of the climactic carnival scene. Minnelli took too much time setting up a shot with a Ferris wheel and then decided to move the giant wheel, instead of moving the camera, to get the effect he wanted. Then, according to MacLaine, "Frank bolted toward his limo, dove into it headfirst, and ordered the driver to the airport. He went back to Los Angeles, and Dean went with him." Minnelli defended his actions in his autobiography: "Folklore suggests that the Ferris wheel had to be moved three inches to satisfy my esoteric tastes. The reason for the move was somewhat more practical. The camera wouldn't pick it up in the long shots unless it was moved six feet. It was important that the Ferris wheel be seen from all angles, since it was the focal point of the scene."

Tempers cooled all around once shooting moved back to California soundstages. Here Minnelli bowed to another Sinatra demand, though; the shooting day would be from noon to eight p.m. Filming on the picture wrapped six days ahead of schedule, on October 21st. Editor Adrienne Fazan compiled a final cut for the film's sneak preview and the Los Angeles showing that qualified it for the Academy Awards. The official opening would take place in New York in January 1959.

by John Miller

Behind the Camera (1/14/2006) - SOME CAME RUNNING

Behind the Camera on SOME CAME RUNNING The entire cast and crew of Some Came Running traveled to Madison, Indiana, for the majority of filming but after the town's initial excitement over Frank Sinatra's arrival, an antagonistic relationship developed between the star and the townspeople after the press reported some disparaging comments from Sinatra about their fair city. As director Vincente Minnelli observed, "The people of Madison..weren't aware of what they had in their midst. They thought Frank and his friends were just plain movie stars, to be ogled and fondled. But Frank chooses the subjects of his familiarity - they don't choose him. The fireworks were inevitable." Shirley MacLaine takes over the story: "The people of Madison surrounded the house night and day, sometimes four abreast, hoping and waiting to see these male movie idols. We had to keep the curtains drawn for privacy and that soon started to wear on all of us. It was like living in a tomb! It became a surreal experience as women would break through the police barricade, enter the house and target Frank and Dean, ripping at their clothes." In her autobiography, MacLaine would later describe how the actors and director got along during the close-quarters shooting in Madison. "I was comfortable and friendly being around the guys in the group," she said, "because I was perceived by most of them as a mascot. I was the only woman they allowed in the house...I was a pal, maybe even one of the boys." She thought that Martin turned in his best ever performance, because "he was a lot like Bama, a loner with his own code of ethics who would never compromise, so maybe it wasn't really a performance." MacLaine went on to say that "Neither [Dean] nor Frank liked Vincente Minnelli. They thought he was too precious and pursed his lips too much." She herself thought he was "an excellent director, simply because he didn't direct much. He 'let' us actors find our own characters and our own way. Dean thrived on the freedom he felt with Vincente¿ but Frank was threatened by this way of working because the freedom of choice exposed him too much." Director Vincente Minnelli related how he gave Sinatra and Martin advice on approaching their characters: "I think you should approach each other - as if you were two matrons being introduced at a party in Beverly Hills. Both of you used to be hookers, but you're now married to producers and are totally respectable. But when you look at each other, you know, you both know." Characters often have their own color codes in Some Came Running, and even the social settings dictate different color approaches. Carefully chosen colors are used as exclamation points in certain scenes. Minnelli alluded to this consideration when he described, "Even after we'd started filming, I'd roam the streets of Madison. I came across a red brick building with a neon sign, set off the street, and immediately cast it as the house Bama would be living in." On Sinatra's acting style, Minnelli wrote, "Frank hated to rehearse. Prior to shooting each scene, I would work with other members of the cast until the last moment. Frank would then be called in, we'd go over the scene once again, and shoot. He gave me everything I wanted." Minnelli and Sinatra clashed famously during the filming of the climactic carnival scene. Minnelli took too much time setting up a shot with a Ferris wheel and then decided to move the giant wheel, instead of moving the camera, to get the effect he wanted. Then, according to MacLaine, "Frank bolted toward his limo, dove into it headfirst, and ordered the driver to the airport. He went back to Los Angeles, and Dean went with him." Minnelli defended his actions in his autobiography: "Folklore suggests that the Ferris wheel had to be moved three inches to satisfy my esoteric tastes. The reason for the move was somewhat more practical. The camera wouldn't pick it up in the long shots unless it was moved six feet. It was important that the Ferris wheel be seen from all angles, since it was the focal point of the scene." Tempers cooled all around once shooting moved back to California soundstages. Here Minnelli bowed to another Sinatra demand, though; the shooting day would be from noon to eight p.m. Filming on the picture wrapped six days ahead of schedule, on October 21st. Editor Adrienne Fazan compiled a final cut for the film's sneak preview and the Los Angeles showing that qualified it for the Academy Awards. The official opening would take place in New York in January 1959. by John Miller

The Critics Corner (1/14/2006) - SOME CAME RUNNING


THE CRITIC'S CORNER - SOME CAME RUNNING (1958)

"As bromide follows bromide, the spectator slowly comes to a drugged realization that the script is not making fun of anybody's beliefs, but simply stating its own. After that, there is nothing to hang around for except occasional flickers of brilliant overacting by Shirley MacLaine, the chance to watch Frank Sinatra play Frank Sinatra, and the spectacle of Director Vincente Minnelli's talents dissolving in the general mess of the story, like sunlight in a slag heap." - Time.

"Shirley [MacLaine] giggled inanely where other actresses would have gone throaty in big scenes. She ate like a sloven, she sang roisterously and out of tune, she dressed blowsily and she slopped make-up on her face as her beautiful co-star, Martha Hyer, delivered a great speech about the moral latitude that must be allowed men of talent. Shirley never comprehended a word. ¿[Sinatra's] looking away when she meltingly turns to kiss him at the ending of the crummy marriage ceremony makes the finale all hers. So does his gloomy indifference to the wedding certificate she values so highly. 'You don't have to understand,' says Ginny, 'to be able to feel.' That is the most poignant cry from the human heart that the screen has recorded in some time." - Jack Moffitt, The Hollywood Reporter.

"Sinatra moves with impressive speed and precision in every situation, with occasional flashes of humor. It's his picture, but he has distinguished support. Miss MacLaine portrays a young woman out on her own in the world, who admits she doesn't understand many things, but knows, nevertheless, that she is in love with Sinatra. Her elfin quality shines through the veneer and makes her characterization sympathetic." - James M Jerauld, Motion Picture Herald.

"This intelligent and sensitive adaptation of a best-selling novel is, apart from his musical comedies, Minnelli's best romantic film." - Georges Sadoul, Dictionary of Films.

"A marvelous, garish film about a writer...the dramatic curve of Sinatra's agonising voyage of self-discovery through the cheap neon-lit bars and cold houses, which ends in the calm of self-acceptance, is given an intensified realism which precisely reflects the neurotic 'writerly' view of life that he must overcome before he can write again." - Phil Hardy, TimeOut Film Guide.

"Strident and rather pointless melodrama with solid acting and production values." - Halliwell's Film & Video Guide.

"The story is pure melodrama, despite the intention of the original novel's author, James Jones, to invest it with greater stature...Sinatra gives a top performance, sardonic and compassionate, full of touches both instinctive and technical." - Variety Movie Guide.

Compiled by John Miller

Awards & Honors

Shirley MacLaine was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her leading role in Some Came Running. (She lost to Susan Hayward for her work in I Want to Live!). In addition, the film was nominated for an Oscar® in these categories: Best Supporting Actor (Arthur Kennedy), Best Supporting Actress (Martha Hyer), Best Costume Design (Walter Plunkett), and Best Music, Original Song (Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn for "To Love and Be Loved").

by John Miller

The Critics Corner (1/14/2006) - SOME CAME RUNNING

THE CRITIC'S CORNER - SOME CAME RUNNING (1958) "As bromide follows bromide, the spectator slowly comes to a drugged realization that the script is not making fun of anybody's beliefs, but simply stating its own. After that, there is nothing to hang around for except occasional flickers of brilliant overacting by Shirley MacLaine, the chance to watch Frank Sinatra play Frank Sinatra, and the spectacle of Director Vincente Minnelli's talents dissolving in the general mess of the story, like sunlight in a slag heap." - Time. "Shirley [MacLaine] giggled inanely where other actresses would have gone throaty in big scenes. She ate like a sloven, she sang roisterously and out of tune, she dressed blowsily and she slopped make-up on her face as her beautiful co-star, Martha Hyer, delivered a great speech about the moral latitude that must be allowed men of talent. Shirley never comprehended a word. ¿[Sinatra's] looking away when she meltingly turns to kiss him at the ending of the crummy marriage ceremony makes the finale all hers. So does his gloomy indifference to the wedding certificate she values so highly. 'You don't have to understand,' says Ginny, 'to be able to feel.' That is the most poignant cry from the human heart that the screen has recorded in some time." - Jack Moffitt, The Hollywood Reporter. "Sinatra moves with impressive speed and precision in every situation, with occasional flashes of humor. It's his picture, but he has distinguished support. Miss MacLaine portrays a young woman out on her own in the world, who admits she doesn't understand many things, but knows, nevertheless, that she is in love with Sinatra. Her elfin quality shines through the veneer and makes her characterization sympathetic." - James M Jerauld, Motion Picture Herald. "This intelligent and sensitive adaptation of a best-selling novel is, apart from his musical comedies, Minnelli's best romantic film." - Georges Sadoul, Dictionary of Films. "A marvelous, garish film about a writer...the dramatic curve of Sinatra's agonising voyage of self-discovery through the cheap neon-lit bars and cold houses, which ends in the calm of self-acceptance, is given an intensified realism which precisely reflects the neurotic 'writerly' view of life that he must overcome before he can write again." - Phil Hardy, TimeOut Film Guide. "Strident and rather pointless melodrama with solid acting and production values." - Halliwell's Film & Video Guide. "The story is pure melodrama, despite the intention of the original novel's author, James Jones, to invest it with greater stature...Sinatra gives a top performance, sardonic and compassionate, full of touches both instinctive and technical." - Variety Movie Guide. Compiled by John Miller Awards & Honors Shirley MacLaine was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her leading role in Some Came Running. (She lost to Susan Hayward for her work in I Want to Live!). In addition, the film was nominated for an Oscar® in these categories: Best Supporting Actor (Arthur Kennedy), Best Supporting Actress (Martha Hyer), Best Costume Design (Walter Plunkett), and Best Music, Original Song (Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn for "To Love and Be Loved"). by John Miller

Some Came Running


Encouraged by the sales and the critical acclaim of his book, From Here to Eternity, James Jones set down to write the great American novel. It took him seven years and the result was Some Came Running, the story of a war veteran with literary aspirations who returns to his hometown of Parkham, Illinois after a failed writing career. While it wasn't the masterpiece Jones hoped it would be, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, hoping to duplicate the success of From Here to Eternity (1953), optioned the book and cast Frank Sinatra as the lead, Dave Hirsh. Sinatra, in turn, approved Dean Martin for the role of his gambling pal, Bama Dillert. Martin had recently split from a partnership with Jerry Lewis and was just beginning to prove himself as an actor. During the filming, both Sinatra and Martin became close friends and, in many ways, Some Came Running (1958) marked the historic beginnings of the 'Rat Pack'.

Vincente Minnelli had just returned from shooting The Reluctant Debutante (1958) when MGM offered him Some Came Running to direct. For Minnelli, it was a wonderful opportunity to explore small-town life in America and a welcome change of pace after months of filming in Europe. The entire cast and crew traveled to Madison, Indiana, for the majority of filming but after the town's initial excitement over Sinatra's arrival, an antagonistic relationship developed between the star and the townspeople after the press reported some disparaging comments from Sinatra about their fair city.

Minnelli, who was known for his perfectionism on the set, also clashed with Sinatra on retakes and shooting schedules. Sinatra preferred one take and a work schedule that ran from noon to 8 p.m. as opposed to starting the day with a 7 a.m. start time. Probably their biggest confrontation occurred during the filming of the climatic carnival scene. Minnelli took too much time setting up a shot with a Ferris wheel and then decided to move the Ferris wheel, instead of moving the camera, to get the effect he wanted. Sinatra stormed off the set in disgust and returned to Los Angeles until the head of production at Metro coaxed him back.

Shirley MacLaine, however, saw a different side of Sinatra and was grateful to be included in his inner circle. She became an honorary member of the "Rat Pack," co-starring in some of their films (she has a cameo in Ocean's 11 1960) and often turned up for group gatherings. In her autobiography, Dance While You Can, MacLaine recalled working with Sinatra on the film: "I always thought he was responsible for my good performance in Some Came Running. 'Let the kid get killed,' he said to Vincente Minnelli (the director) and to the head of the studio. 'If she dies, she'll get more sympathy. Then she'll get nominated.' He was right. Frank's a good guy. At least he always was to me."

In addition to MacLaine's Oscar nomination for Best Actress in Some Came Running, the film was also in the running for Best Supporting Actor (Arthur Kennedy), Best Supporting Actress (Martha Hyer), Best Song ("To Love and Be Loved" by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen), and Best Costume Design. Although Some Came Running didn't win in any of the categories, 1959 was a banner year for Vincente Minnelli who won the Best Director Oscar for Gigi. He could be proud of the fact that together his two films racked up a total of fourteen Academy Award nominations.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Producer: Sol C. Siegel
Screenplay: John Patrick, Arthur Sheekman, based on the novel by James Jones
Cinematography: William H. Daniels
Editor: Adrienne Fazan
Art Direction: William A. Horning, Urie McCleary
Music: Elmer Bernstein, Jimmy Van Heusen
Cast: Frank Sinatra (Dave Hirsh), Dean Martin (Bama Dillert), Shirley MacLaine (Ginny Moorhead), Martha Hyer (Gwen French), Arthur Kennedy (Frank Hirsh).
C-137m. Letterboxed. Close captioning.

by Jeff Stafford

Some Came Running

Encouraged by the sales and the critical acclaim of his book, From Here to Eternity, James Jones set down to write the great American novel. It took him seven years and the result was Some Came Running, the story of a war veteran with literary aspirations who returns to his hometown of Parkham, Illinois after a failed writing career. While it wasn't the masterpiece Jones hoped it would be, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, hoping to duplicate the success of From Here to Eternity (1953), optioned the book and cast Frank Sinatra as the lead, Dave Hirsh. Sinatra, in turn, approved Dean Martin for the role of his gambling pal, Bama Dillert. Martin had recently split from a partnership with Jerry Lewis and was just beginning to prove himself as an actor. During the filming, both Sinatra and Martin became close friends and, in many ways, Some Came Running (1958) marked the historic beginnings of the 'Rat Pack'. Vincente Minnelli had just returned from shooting The Reluctant Debutante (1958) when MGM offered him Some Came Running to direct. For Minnelli, it was a wonderful opportunity to explore small-town life in America and a welcome change of pace after months of filming in Europe. The entire cast and crew traveled to Madison, Indiana, for the majority of filming but after the town's initial excitement over Sinatra's arrival, an antagonistic relationship developed between the star and the townspeople after the press reported some disparaging comments from Sinatra about their fair city. Minnelli, who was known for his perfectionism on the set, also clashed with Sinatra on retakes and shooting schedules. Sinatra preferred one take and a work schedule that ran from noon to 8 p.m. as opposed to starting the day with a 7 a.m. start time. Probably their biggest confrontation occurred during the filming of the climatic carnival scene. Minnelli took too much time setting up a shot with a Ferris wheel and then decided to move the Ferris wheel, instead of moving the camera, to get the effect he wanted. Sinatra stormed off the set in disgust and returned to Los Angeles until the head of production at Metro coaxed him back. Shirley MacLaine, however, saw a different side of Sinatra and was grateful to be included in his inner circle. She became an honorary member of the "Rat Pack," co-starring in some of their films (she has a cameo in Ocean's 11 1960) and often turned up for group gatherings. In her autobiography, Dance While You Can, MacLaine recalled working with Sinatra on the film: "I always thought he was responsible for my good performance in Some Came Running. 'Let the kid get killed,' he said to Vincente Minnelli (the director) and to the head of the studio. 'If she dies, she'll get more sympathy. Then she'll get nominated.' He was right. Frank's a good guy. At least he always was to me." In addition to MacLaine's Oscar nomination for Best Actress in Some Came Running, the film was also in the running for Best Supporting Actor (Arthur Kennedy), Best Supporting Actress (Martha Hyer), Best Song ("To Love and Be Loved" by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen), and Best Costume Design. Although Some Came Running didn't win in any of the categories, 1959 was a banner year for Vincente Minnelli who won the Best Director Oscar for Gigi. He could be proud of the fact that together his two films racked up a total of fourteen Academy Award nominations. Director: Vincente Minnelli Producer: Sol C. Siegel Screenplay: John Patrick, Arthur Sheekman, based on the novel by James Jones Cinematography: William H. Daniels Editor: Adrienne Fazan Art Direction: William A. Horning, Urie McCleary Music: Elmer Bernstein, Jimmy Van Heusen Cast: Frank Sinatra (Dave Hirsh), Dean Martin (Bama Dillert), Shirley MacLaine (Ginny Moorhead), Martha Hyer (Gwen French), Arthur Kennedy (Frank Hirsh). C-137m. Letterboxed. Close captioning. by Jeff Stafford

Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004)


Elmer Bernstein, the film composer who created unforgettable music for such classics as The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, and won his only Academy Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie, died of natural causes at his Ojai, California home on August 17. He was 82.

Elmer Bernstein, who was not related to Leonard Bernstein, was born on August 4, 1922, in New York City. He displayed a talent in music at a very young age, and was given a scholarship to study piano at Juilliard when he was only 12. He entered New York University in 1939, where he majored in music education. After graduating in 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps, where he remained throughout World War II, mostly working on scores for propaganda films. It was around this time he became interested in film scoring when he went to see William Dieterle's The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), a film whose score was composed by Bernard Herrmann, a man Bernstein idolized as the ideal film composer.

Bernstein, who originally intended to be a concert pianist and gave several performances in New York after being discharged from military service, decided to relocate to Hollywood in 1950. He did his first score for the football film Saturday's Hero (1950), and then proved his worth with his trenchant, moody music for the Joan Crawford vehicle Sudden Fear (1952). Rumors of his "communist" leanings came to surface at this time, and, feeling the effects of the blacklist, he found himself scoring such cheesy fare as Robot Monster; Cat Women of the Moon (both 1953); and Miss Robin Caruso (1954).

Despite his politics, Otto Preminger hired him to do the music for The Man With the Golden Arm, (1955) in which Frank Sinatra played a heroin-addicted jazz musician. Fittingly, Bernstein used some memorable jazz motifs for the film and his fine scoring put him back on the map. It prompted the attention of Cecil B. De Mille, who had Bernstein replace the ailing Victor Young on The Ten Commandments (1956). His thundering, heavily orchestrated score perfectly suite the bombastic epic, and he promptly earned his first Oscar® nod for music.

After The Ten Commandments (1956), Bernstein continued to distinguish himself in a row of fine films: The Rainmaker (1956), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Some Came Running (1958), The Magnificent Seven (a most memorable galloping march, 1960); To Kill a Mockingbird (unique in its use of single piano notes and haunting use of a flute, 1962); Hud (1963); earned a deserved Academy Award for the delightful, "flapper" music for the Julie Andrews period comedy Thoroughly Modern Mille (1967), and True Grit (1969).

His career faltered by the '80s though, as he did some routine Bill Murray comedies: Meatballs (1980) and Stripes (1981). But then director John Landis had Bernstein write the sumptuous score for his comedy Trading Places (1983), and Bernstein soon found himself back in the game. He then graced the silver screen for a few more years composing some terrific pieces for such popular commercial hits as My Left Foot (1989), A River Runs Through It (1992) and The Age of Innocence (1993). Far From Heaven, his final feature film score, received an Oscar® nomination for Best Score in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Eve; sons Peter and Gregory; daughters Emilie and Elizabeth; and five grandchildren.

by Michael T. Toole

Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004)

Elmer Bernstein, the film composer who created unforgettable music for such classics as The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, and won his only Academy Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie, died of natural causes at his Ojai, California home on August 17. He was 82. Elmer Bernstein, who was not related to Leonard Bernstein, was born on August 4, 1922, in New York City. He displayed a talent in music at a very young age, and was given a scholarship to study piano at Juilliard when he was only 12. He entered New York University in 1939, where he majored in music education. After graduating in 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps, where he remained throughout World War II, mostly working on scores for propaganda films. It was around this time he became interested in film scoring when he went to see William Dieterle's The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), a film whose score was composed by Bernard Herrmann, a man Bernstein idolized as the ideal film composer. Bernstein, who originally intended to be a concert pianist and gave several performances in New York after being discharged from military service, decided to relocate to Hollywood in 1950. He did his first score for the football film Saturday's Hero (1950), and then proved his worth with his trenchant, moody music for the Joan Crawford vehicle Sudden Fear (1952). Rumors of his "communist" leanings came to surface at this time, and, feeling the effects of the blacklist, he found himself scoring such cheesy fare as Robot Monster; Cat Women of the Moon (both 1953); and Miss Robin Caruso (1954). Despite his politics, Otto Preminger hired him to do the music for The Man With the Golden Arm, (1955) in which Frank Sinatra played a heroin-addicted jazz musician. Fittingly, Bernstein used some memorable jazz motifs for the film and his fine scoring put him back on the map. It prompted the attention of Cecil B. De Mille, who had Bernstein replace the ailing Victor Young on The Ten Commandments (1956). His thundering, heavily orchestrated score perfectly suite the bombastic epic, and he promptly earned his first Oscar® nod for music. After The Ten Commandments (1956), Bernstein continued to distinguish himself in a row of fine films: The Rainmaker (1956), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Some Came Running (1958), The Magnificent Seven (a most memorable galloping march, 1960); To Kill a Mockingbird (unique in its use of single piano notes and haunting use of a flute, 1962); Hud (1963); earned a deserved Academy Award for the delightful, "flapper" music for the Julie Andrews period comedy Thoroughly Modern Mille (1967), and True Grit (1969). His career faltered by the '80s though, as he did some routine Bill Murray comedies: Meatballs (1980) and Stripes (1981). But then director John Landis had Bernstein write the sumptuous score for his comedy Trading Places (1983), and Bernstein soon found himself back in the game. He then graced the silver screen for a few more years composing some terrific pieces for such popular commercial hits as My Left Foot (1989), A River Runs Through It (1992) and The Age of Innocence (1993). Far From Heaven, his final feature film score, received an Oscar® nomination for Best Score in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Eve; sons Peter and Gregory; daughters Emilie and Elizabeth; and five grandchildren. by Michael T. Toole

Quotes

You don't look like him.
- Hotel Clerk
Thanks
- Dave Hirsh

Trivia

The movie occasionally still plays at the Ohio Theatre in Madison, Indiana. The theatre and the building next to it appear in some of the final scenes of the movie.

Joanne Woodward was offered the role of Ginny Moorehead but turned it down because she didn't want to work with Frank Sinatra. The role eventually went to Shirley MacLaine.

It was during the making of this film that Shirley MacLaine found herself welcomed into what would later be called the "Rat Pack" fraternity that included Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, her co-stars in this film.

Notes

A December 1956 Daily Variety news item indicates that author James Jones, whose novel From Here to Eternity had been successfully produced by Columbia Pictures in 1953, was offering the rights to Some Came Running for $1,000,000. M-G-M purchased Jones's 2,000-page-plus manuscript for $200,000 in January 1957, eight months before its publication. The published novel was 1,266 pages. The title was inspired by the Gospel of St. Mark 9.25, which refers to those who seek the meaning of eternal life but are prevented from finding it by obsession with materialism.
       According to an April 1958 Hollywood Reporter item, producer Sol C. Siegel considered casting Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando in the film. A June 1958 "Rambling Reporter" item in Hollywood Reporter notes that Norma Crane tested for a role. Some Came Running marked the first joint screen appearance of members of Hollywood's well-known entertainment cadre, the "Rat Pack," of which Frank Sinatra was the unofficial head and which included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. Shirley MacLaine was included as an "auxiliary" member of the group several years after the film's release.
       The film was shot on location in Madison and Terre Haute, Indiana. Hollywood Reporter casting information adds Virginia Whitmire, Jay Gerard, Kayla Terry, Frank Challfant, Walter Kinney and Jeanette Fuller to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. An August 1958 article in Time magazine, commented on by some reviews of the film, was critical of Sinatra's purported behavior while on location, including making insulting remarks to the locals and engaging in a brawl.
       In his autobiography, director Vincente Minnelli indicated he found no fault in Sinatra's conduct in Madison. Minnelli reveals that at Sinatra's recommendation, MacLaine's part as "Ginny" was built up, including changing the ending, from having "Dave" killed to having Ginny die trying to protect him. MacLaine received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role. Martha Hyer was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The film also received nominations for Arthur Kennedy as Best Supporting Actor, for Costume Design and Best Song.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States Fall November 1958

Released in United States on Video November 15, 1988

CinemaScope

Released in United States 1998 (Shown in New York City (Walter Reade) as part of program "A Salute to Sinatra" August 21 - September 8, 1998.)

Released in United States Fall November 1958

Released in United States on Video November 15, 1988