A devious plot to kill the president

Oct 2, 2018
Originally published on October 5, 2018 11:42 am

9pm SUDDENLY (1954) Crime drama starring Frank Sinatra and Sterling Hayden - In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.

 
In post-war America the President of the United States is scheduled to journey through the small town of Suddenly, California. Claiming to be checking up on security prior to his arrival, a group of FBI agents arrive at the home of the Bensons, on top of a hill that looks down upon the station where the presidential train is scheduled to stop. However, they soon turn out to be assassins led by the ruthless John Baron (Frank Sinatra), who take over the house and hold the family hostage.
 
 
TRIVIA: 
 
  • This is the film that Lee Harvey Oswald supposedly watched just a few days before assassinating President John F. Kennedy.

  • The production company that made the movie was Libra Productions. "Libra" is also the title of a book that is a fictionalized version of the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, also allegedly a presidential assassin.
  • In the colorized version Frank Sinatra (Ol' Blue Eyes) is given brown eyes.
 
  • The State Police drive 1954 Nash Ambassador sedans.
 
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