|The film version of the massive novel of the same|
name by James Jones.
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It took a James Jones novel to bring Frank Sinatra out of a dump and return him back to the top, that novel, just in case you are unaware, was From Here to Eternity. Fighting tooth and nail to get the part of Maggio, Frank went on to give everyone of his doubters (and there were plenty) a sucker punch in the stomach and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Well, once Frank was back on top, there was a smart man who thought that maybe another film adaptation of another James Jones novel with Frank in it again would lead to serious cash (this fella obviously had his thinking cap on). And so, they decided upon Some Came Running to be it.
As I like to do if at all possible, I started to read the novel that the film was based on . . . for the first time in my life, I was unable to finish a book, not because I didn't want to, but simply because I couldn't because it was so--so ENORMOUS! From Here to Eternity at 864 pages is a baby compared to the whopper of 1266 pages in Some Came Running; it's even bigger than Gone with the Wind which tops off at 960 pages. I have not given up on it yet. One day . . . I will finish Some Came Running . . . it just won't be any time soon.
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The character of Bama Dillert doesn't deserve to be liked. He doesn't think highly of women, thinking that they are all pigs, he gambles, and he drinks, but nonetheless, I couldn't help myself from liking him. The magic of Dean as Bama Dillert is undeniable.
While this is technically Frank's movie, the two that really stand out to me are, of course Dean, and Shirley MacLaine. Shirley's character, Ginny, who follows Dave back to his hometown, is really a sweet, not so bright "floozie" who has it hard for Frank's character, Dave Hirsh, even when he's made it quite clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Her desire to do anything to make Dave happy, except leave, is made especially heartbreaking because we, as the viewers, and Ginny, knows that he doesn't really care. He treats her as though she's an idiot, but does so subtly, as those she's a child, and then adding salt to the wound, he feels sorry for her being an idiot.
|Ginny, a sweet kid who's in love with the wrong man.|
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|Dave and Bama playin' in a little ol' poker game.|
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|Get 'em Bama!|
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|He finally took off his hat.|
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