Some Came Running

Synopsis: In the post-war, the alcoholic and bitter veteran military and former writer Dave Hirsch returns from Chicago to his hometown Parkman, Indiana. He is followed by Ginnie Moorehead, a vulgar and easy woman with whom he spent his last night in Chicago that has fallen in love with him. The resentful Dave meets his older brother Frank Hirsh, who owns a jewelry store and is a prominent citizen of Parkman that invites him to have dinner with his family. Dave meets his sister-in-law Agnes that hates him since one character of his novel had been visibly inspired on her, and his teenage niece Dawn. Frank introduces the school teacher Gwen French to him and Dave feels attracted by the beautiful woman that is daughter of his former Professor Robert Haven French and idolizes his work as writer. However, his unrequited love with Gwen drives Dave back to the local bar where he befriends the professional gambler Bama Dillert and meets Ginnie again with the Chicago's mobster Raymond Lanchak that was he
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Vincente Minnelli
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
137 min


Hey, soldier.

This is Parkman.

They told me to call you at Parkman.

Who told you?

The guys that put you on the bus.

They told me Parkman

was your hometown.

- Isn't it?

- Yeah.

Used to be.

- Just these two?

- Yeah.

No, thanks. You got time for a beer?

Uh, no, thanks. There's

nothing open yet anyway.

Hey, where are you going?

You were gonna go without me, huh?

Look, uh, baby, it's a

little early for, uh...

Well, I like that. You ask a person to

come on a trip with you and then you...

Hold it, hold it,

hold it. I asked you?

If you didn't, you don't think

I would have come, do you?

What am I, a tramp or something?

Gilly's Green Room, Chicago.

I was with Raymond.

- Raymond. Raymond?

- The fella you took a poke at.

- Oh, yeah.

- Now you remember?

I'd like to forget it.

Gee, Dave, you know,

you sure was sweet to me.

- Uh, look...

- You know something?

I would kind of like to have a soft

bed. What do you say that, uh...? Ooh.

What do you say we go rest up...

...and after that, then

we go meet your family?

That's just about the highest

compliment that a fella can pay his girl.

- Asking to meet his folks and everything.

- Look, look, look, sweetie. Um...

I feel badly about this, but this

is no town for a girl like you.

You don't want me here?

No, I didn't say that.

It's just that, well, I got

things to do here, you know?

So why don't you just go somewhere

and get some rest and freshen up?

Bus leaves in an... Twelve

noon or 12:
30, I don't know.

Oh, you don't have to do that, Dave.

Well, I did take you

pretty far out of your way.

Fifty dollars.

Look, I'm really sorry.

But you know, a guy gets loaded...

...and meets a girl and, you know...

You're a nice kid. I like you.

Take care, huh?


Must have dozed off.

- I could have robbed the joint.

- Yeah, if you needed stamps.

I want the best room in the house.

At 7.50 a day?

I promised myself if I had to come back

here I'd have the best room in the house.


- Hey, you related to Frank Hirsh?

- Brother.

Didn't know he had one.

I was beginning to get

the same feeling myself.

- You don't look like him.

- Thanks.

This way.

Anything else, Mr. Hirsh?

Yeah, you can get me

a bucket of ice, huh?

And, uh...

...I got a bank draft here for 5500

bucks. I want you to run it over... the Citizen's National Bank.

Soon as they open, deposit it.

Fifty-five hundred?


And pick me up a couple

bottles of whiskey.

Any blended whiskey would be good.

You said, uh, Citizen's National?


Your brother, Frank, isn't he

on the board at the other bank?

Parkman Savings and Loan?

Yeah, I believe he is.

I won't be able to leave

before the bellboy gets here.

But the banks don't open before 10.

Ten will be fine. That's great.

- That's a very popular

pattern nowadays. Beautiful.

Good morning, ladies. Good morning.

- You're shopping for the wedding already?

- We're looking at some silver patterns.

Virginia, I haven't had a chance

to offer my congratulations.

- Thank you.

- Have you found anything you like?

Well, Virginia likes the modern, and

she is the one that's getting married.

But it's my idea of nothing.

Well, I personally prefer

the traditional myself...

...but a lot of discriminating

ladies are ordering modern these days.

Al, let's show them the Tobi

pattern. It's a lovely design.

Frank, I just heard about your

brother, Dave, being back in town.

Isn't it exciting?


You see, it has classic lines, but it

still has the simplicity of the modern.

Frank. I said, isn't exciting about

your brother, Dave, being back in town?

Oh, Dave. Ha-ha. It certainly is.

And it's real good to have him back.

- I suppose...

- Now, make yourselves comfortable...

...and, Al, you take

good care of them, now.

I'll try, Mr. Hirsh.

Oh, just a minute. Here he is now.

- Good morning, Mr. Hirsh.

- Morning, Edith.

It's for you.

- Oh, who is it?

- Ned Deacon. He says it's important.

That means it's important to him.

Hello, Ned. What's on your

mind, if anything, huh?

Did you hear your brother,

Dave, is back in town?

Oh, of course I knew he was. He,

uh... He called me this morning.

Well, did your brother tell you...

...he deposited over

$5000 in the other bank?


Now, Frank, as a director

of Parkman Savings...

...that sure don't make you look good.

I'm sure he got his banks mixed up.

Yeah, I know that, Ned.

I know you got me

that appointment, yes.

Oh, certainly. You bet

I'll straighten it out.


Yeah. So long.

Anything wrong, Mr. Hirsh?

Oh, no, no, no. Not a thing.

- Dave?

- Come on in, this is the place.

- How'd you know it was me?

- Figured it'd be you.

Dave, you old son of

a gun, welcome home.

- Sit down.

- Oh, it's good to see you, boy.

It's been a long time.

Sixteen years.

- Oh, you dog, you.

Sixteen years and not even a postcard.

I didn't figure you'd worry about me.

Oh, you're looking fine, Dave.

Oh, I know, I know, it's

getting a little thin on top.

But like they say, "Not much

grass on a busy street. "

You may be losing your hair,

but you haven't lost your wit.

- You want a drink?

- What, at 10:
30 in the morning?

- I don't watch a

clock. - Ha-ha-ha.

Oh, whatever happened to your writing?

When we used to see your name in print... least we knew you were alive.

- I gave it up.

- Why? You were doing pretty good.

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