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The Laureate Special Edition
Sterling Hayden, Nancy Gates, James Gleason
Music: David Raksin. Screenplay: Richard Sale
Director: Lewis Allen
'Sinatra...becomes one of the most repellant killers in American screen history'
'Sinatra plays his role flamboyantly while Hayden reacts with repression
as he seeks the weak link in the otherís seeming strength. Both score heavily and
they get support from a competent cast'
Year of release: 1954
Running time: 73 mins.
Black & White: Aspect ratio: 16.9
"Suddenly" is a small town in Southern California where nothing ever happens until word reaches the
local police station that the train carrying the President of the United States will be making a brief stop at the
railroad station during his current re-election campaign tour.
Security is tight as FBI agents descend on the area to see that every precaution is taken to ensure the President's
protection. A car draws up at the home of a family whose house overlooks the station at the very point where the
President's train will stop. A trio of men headed by John Baron (Frank Sinatra) announce themselves as FBI security
men and enter the house. It is only when the genuine FBI agents turn up and are killed by Baron that the family realise
he is a paid assassin intent on killing the President. He and his henchmen hold the family hostage at gunpoint as they
await the arrival of the presidential train.
As the hours pass, Baron's pathological personality becomes more pronounced while the family try various ways to outwit
him and his men - but to no avail. The killer's plans have been carefully laid and as the train approaches the
tension mounts and it seems that nothing can prevent the death of the nation's President.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
1. FIRST EVER home video release in widescreen 16.9
2. Cover derived from original poster artwork
3. Audio commentary by film historian, Ken Barnes (including exclusive comments from Emmy award-winning entertainer,
Rich Little on his friendship with Sinatra. Plus historic radio footage surrounding the 1954 Academy Awards ceremony
featuring Sinatra with Bing Crosby).
4. Scene Access
5. Cast & Crew Profiles
6. Production Background
7. A special personal tribute to Frank Sinatra from friend and fellow performer, Rich Little covering: Sinatra The Man, Sinatra The Actor and Sinatra The Singer.
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