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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  1. Richard Sale


  2. Lewis Allen


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  1. Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra

    John Baron

  2. Sterling Hayden

    Sterling Hayden

    Sheriff Tod Shaw

  3. James Gleason

    James Gleason

    Peter 'Pop' Benson

  4. Nancy Gates

    Nancy Gates

    Ellen Benson

  5. Willis Bouchey

    Willis Bouchey

    Dan Carney - Secret Service detail chief

  6. Kim Charney

    Kim Charney

    Peter 'Pidge' Benson III

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 15m

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Revenue -

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  • October 7, 1954



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

God and the Gun!

Suddenly is directed by Lewis Allen and written by Richard Sale. It stars Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates, Kim Charney and Christopher Dark. Music is by David Raksin and cinematography by Charles G. Clarke.

The small American town of Suddenly is gearing up for a pit stop visit by the President of the United States. Unfortunately the President’s visit has attracted the attention of assassins, who hold hostage the Benson family and friends as their home is the perfect viewpoint for a sniper shot at the President…

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