Suddenly
(1954)

directed by   LEWIS ALLEN

The film stars Frank Sinatra as John Baron, a gunman hired to assasinate the President of the United States while he is passing through a small town on his way to a fishing trip. The gunmen break into a quiet home overlooking the town to await the motorcade, holding a number of people prisoners.
It has been rumored that Sinatra tried to have all the prints of this film destroyed. The movie was taken out of circulation following the Kennedy assasination.
This suspense film was directed by Lewis Allen, who also directed Frank Sinatra in A Bullet for Joey (1955). Allen began directing films in 1943 and some include: Freedom Comes High (1943) The Uninvited (1944) Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (1944) The Unseen (1945) Sealed Verdict (1948) So Evil My Love (1948) Chicago Deadline (1949) Appointment with Danger (1951) Valentino (1951).
Some of the memorable and popular television episodes directed by Allen include: Little House on the Prairie (1974) Cannon (1971) Dan August (1970) The Invaders (1967) Mission: Impossible (1966) The Big Valley (1965) The Fugitive (1963) Bonanza (1959) and The Rifleman (1958).


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Genre:   SUSPENSE [also Drama / Film-Noir ]
Production Co.   Libra Productions Inc.       Country: USA     Language: English
Color: Black and White     Length: 75 min

CREDITS

Directed by:   Lewis Allen

Produced by:   Robert Bassler

Writing credits:   Richard Sale

Cinematography by:   Charles G. Clarke

Film Editing by:   John F. Schreyer

Original Music by:   David Raksin

Art Direction by:   Frank Paul Sylos
Set Decoration by:   Howard Bristol

Charles R. Hall .... production manager
Hal Klein .... assistant director

Joseph Edmonson .... sound recordist
Del Harris .... sound editor (as Delmore Harris)

Willard Buell .... makeup artist
Lois Murray .... hair stylist

Louis DeWitt .... photographic effects
Jack Rabin .... photographic effects
Herman E. Townsley .... special effects (as Herman Townsley)

Jack Masters .... wardrobe

Cast:


Frank Sinatra .... John Baron
Sterling Hayden .... Sheriff Tod Shaw, Suddenly California
James Gleason .... Pop Benson
Nancy Gates .... Ellen Benson
Kim Charney .... Peter Benson III (Pidge)
Paul Frees .... Benny Conklin, Baron's Accomplice (also uncredited TV announcer voice)
Christopher Dark .... Bart Wheeler
Willis Bouchey .... Dan Carney, Chief Secret Service Agent
Paul Wexler .... Deputy Slim Adams, Suddenly Police Dept.
James Lilburn .... Jud Hudson (as Jim Lilburn)
Kem Dibbs .... Wilson (as Ken Dibbs)
Clark Howat .... Haggerty
Charles Smith .... Bebop
rest of cast listed alphabetically
John Beradino .... Trooper (uncredited)
Richard Collier .... Ed Hawkins, station agent (uncredited)
Roy Engel .... Motorist Seeking Directions, opening shot (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope .... Motorist Seeking Directions, final shot (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim .... Iz Kaplan, gas station operator (uncredited)
Dan White .... Desk Officer Burg (uncredited)

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