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Some Came Running (film)

Some Came Running
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Produced by Sol C. Siegel
Written by John Patrick
Arthur Sheekman
Based on Some Came Running
1957 novel 
by James Jones
Starring Frank Sinatra
Dean Martin
Shirley MacLaine
Martha Hyer
Arthur Kennedy
Nancy Gates
Leora Dana
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Edited by Adrienne Fazan
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • December 18, 1958 (1958-12-18)
Running time
137 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,151,000[1]
Box office $6,295,000[1]

Some Came Running is a CinemaScope 1958 in Metrocolor American film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Shirley MacLaine.

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.[1] It was the 10th highest-earning film of 1958.[2]

Academy Awards



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 his book Who the Hell's in It, director Peter Bogdanovich writes extensively about Some Came Running. He later filmed a short segment for Turner Classic Movies on its influence on cinema.

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.


Some Came Running was released to DVD by Warner Home Video on May 13, 2008 as a Region 1 widescreen DVD and also on the same date as part of the 5-disc box set Frank Sinatra: The Golden Years with Some Came Running as the fourth disc.

See also


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, January 6, 1960, p. 34
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