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With: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Martha Hyer, Arthur Kennedy, Nancy Gates, Leora Dana, Betty Lou Keim, Larry Gates, Steve Peck, Connie Gilchrist, Ned Wever
Written by: John Patrick, Arthur Sheekman, based on a novel by James Jones
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 137
Date: 18/12/1958

Some Came Running (1958)

4 Stars (out of 4)

'Running' Bared

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

To mark the tenth anniversary of Frank Sinatra's death on May 14, 2008, Warner Home Video has unleashed such a massive volume of Sinatra DVDs that viewers will need to break out the hernia belts. There are 22 discs in all, with 11 titles new to DVD, and five box sets. The high point is the DVD debut of Vincente Minnelli's Some Came Running (1958), a devastating, color widescreen melodrama about an army veteran and would-be writer (Sinatra) who returns to his small town, Madison, Indiana. A goofy dame (Shirley MacLaine) has followed him home, and a boozy gambler (Dean Martin) befriends him, perhaps ruining his chances with the local schoolteacher (Martha Hyer), who may be the only one who understands his literary aspirations. The scene with Dean Martin wearing his hat in the tub so struck Jean-Luc Godard that he paid tribute to it with a similar image in Contempt.

Some Came Running received five Oscar nominations, for MacLaine, Hyer, and Arthur Kennedy, for Costume Design, and for the song "To Love and Be Loved." The movie is part of the "Frank Sinatra: The Golden Years" box set, which also includes Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm (a public domain title here available in its official release), None But the Brave (directed by Sinatra himself), The Tender Trap and Marriage on the Rocks.

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