Suddenly (1954) is a pulp fiction film about a trio of punks hired to murder, as he passes through the tiny town of Suddenly, the President of the United States. It’s properly economical with some vigorous action, as in a strong scene where one of the killers uncontrollably fires his rifle, tat-tat-tat, while being electrocuted.
The movie is respectful of middle-class—and certifiably small-town—American values. E.g., Sterling Hayden (as a sheriff) keeps inviting Nancy Gates to ride to church with him. And, yes, the main assassin is a WWII veteran, but was enough of a cur to be discharged from the army. Frank Sinatra is the star here. Suddenly is such a basically conservative pic, I’m surprised Ol’ Blue Eyes was initially a Democrat.
Directed by Lewis Allen, written by Richard Sale.
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