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Suddenly is the name of the small town invaded by professional assassin Frank Sinatra and his henchmen. Taking a local family hostage, Sinatra sets up a vigil at the second-story window of the family's home. From here, he intends to kill the President of the United States when the latter makes a whistle-stop visit. The film's tension level is enough to induce goose pimples from first scene to last. Sinatra is outstanding as the disgruntled war vet who hopes to become a "somebody" by killing the president. The parallels between his character and Lee Harvey Oswald's are too close for comfort, so much so that Suddenly was withdrawn from local TV packages for several years after the JFK assassination. Sinatra would claim in later years that he himself engineered the removal of Suddenly from general distribution, though in fact he'd lost whatever rights he'd held on the film when it lapsed into public domain. Be sure and miss the notorious colorized version of this black-and-white thriller, wherein Sinatra is transformed into Ol' Brown Eyes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Frank Sinatra
as John Baron
Sterling Hayden
as Tod Shaw
James Gleason
as Pop Benson
Nancy Gates
as Ellen Benson
Willis B. Bouchey
as Dan Carney
Paul H. Frees
as Benny Conklin
Christopher Dark
as Bart Wheeler
Kim Charney
as Peter "Pidge" Benson III
Ken Dibbs
as Wilson
Clark Howat
as Haggerty
James Lilburn
as Jud Kelly
Charles B. Smith
as Bebop
Dan White
as Burge
Richard Collier
as Ed Hawkins
Roy Engel
as First Driver
Ted Stanhope
as Driver
Charles Wagenheim
as Kaplan


Lewis Allen
Robert Bassler
Richard Sale
Charles G. Clarke
David Raksin
Composer (Music Score)
Howard Bristol
Set Designer
Howard Bristol
Set Decorator
Jack Masters
Costume Designer
Jack Masters
Willard Buell