Film: Some Came Running

Opened: December 18, 1958

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Martha Hyer, Arthur Kennedy, Nancy Gates, Leora Dana, Betty Lou Keim, Larry Gates, Steven Peck, Connie Gilchrist & Ned Wever

Based on the James Jones novel of the same name, Some Came Running is a tragic love story that slowly unfolds in this over two-hour drama.

Army veteran Dave Hirsh (Frank Sinatra) returns to his hometown with Ginny Moorehead (Shirley MacLaine), who was invited by Dave while he was intoxicated. Dave’s social climbing brother Frank (Arthur Kennedy) is not thrilled about his return, but Dave makes friends with gambler Bama Dillert (Dean Martin).

The film’s gender roles don’t age well with the women mainly just there to advance the plot of the main characters. MacLaine’s wonderfully sweet and naïve as Ginny, but even Ginny should realize that Dave is taking advantage of her while in love with another.

Its runtime may be longer than it should be, but MacLaine and Sinatra give fine performances.

Final say: Don’t run to this. ★★★☆☆

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