Suddenly (1954)

Director
Lewis Allen

Main cast
Frank Sinatra; Sterling Hayden; James Gleason; Nancy Gates; Willis Bouchey

Genres
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Description
The tranquility of a small town is marred only by sheriff Tod Shaw's unsuccessful courtship of widow Ellen Benson, a pacifist who can't abide guns and those who use them. But violence descends on Ellen's household willy-nilly when the U.S. President passes through town... and slightly psycho hired assassin John Baron finds the Benson home ideal for an ambush.


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