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Violent Saturday (1955)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 April 1955 (USA)
Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly.

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Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), William L. Heath (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Victor Mature ... Shelley Martin
Richard Egan ... Boyd Fairchild
Stephen McNally ... Harper (bank robber)
Virginia Leith ... Linda Sherman
Tommy Noonan ... Harry Reeves, Bank Manager
Lee Marvin ... Dill, Bank Robber
Margaret Hayes ... Mrs. Emily Fairchild
J. Carrol Naish ... Chapman, Bank Robber
Sylvia Sidney ... Elsie Braden
Ernest Borgnine ... Stadt, Amish Farmer
Dorothy Patrick ... Helen Martin
Billy Chapin ... Steve Martin
Brad Dexter ... Gil Clayton
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Storyline

A number of otherwise insignificant small-town stories erupt into drama when a gang of hoodlums decides to rob the local bank. A father looking for pride in his son's eyes, a timid clerk who is a peeping tom by night, a man striving to rewin his wife's love, an Amish farmer faced with viciousness, and a proper older woman turned thief, all find themselves entangled with the bank robbers as a peaceful weekend turns violent. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The day all Hell broke loose !


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les inconnus dans la ville See more »

Filming Locations:

Lowell, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$955,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

It's the first Twentieth Century-Fox feature produced by Buddy Adler, shortly before he replaced Darryl F. Zanuck as studio head of production in 1956. See more »

Quotes

Dill, Bank Robber: Sit down mister or I'll kill you quick.
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Connections

Edited into Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase (1965) See more »

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Beneath The Surface
4 March 2008 | by rabrennerSee all my reviews

Three hoodlums plot to rob a bank in a small town. But the town has secrets of its own: The bank president is a Peeping Tom. The librarian is a petty thief. The son of the strip-mine owner is an alcoholic; his wife is openly carrying on an affair with the local golf pro. The son of the strip-mine foreman is ashamed of him because he didn't fight in Word War II. The strip-mine nurse is the object of several men's sexual fantasies.

With a great tough guy turn by Lee Marvin as one of the bank robbers, alternately sniffing an inhaler and stomping on kids' fingers, and Ernest Borgnine as an Amish farmer (!) who isn't completely pacifistic. (Inspiration for WITNESS?) The strip-mining is a wonderful metaphor for the secrets that lurk just underneath the surface of a seemingly placid small town. Would be good on a double bill with BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK.


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