Frank Sinatra Goes to War: Kings Go Forth and Some Came Running (1958)

February 19, 2016 | By

Just posted is another pair of Frank Sinatra classics: two underrated and very distinct WWII dramas from 1958 featuring some of Sinatra’s finest work.


Uh-oh! ‘Dweevels in duh Zone!’

Twilight Time offers up the Delmer Daves-directed Kings Go Forth, where Sinatra seethes with jealousy as Tony Curtis woos Natalie Wood during the final years of WWII, while Warner Home Video released Some Came Running several years ago on DVD in a transfer that mandates a HD overhaul.

Based on the novel by James Jones (From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line), the Vincent Minnelli-directed Running has Sinatra falling for a literary teacher when he returns from war to the home town he just loathes.

Both films feature stellar casts and represent different levels of classic fifties melodrama.

I’m currently finishing up on a review of the American Martyrs remake, as last night’s show of Defending the Caveman was cancelled, hence no review. I will make one suggestion directly to the show’s producers: it takes little effort to post a simple ‘Due to unforeseen circumstances’ cancellation notice on Facebook and Twitter, a ploy that prevents puzzled patrons and media from travelling to a shuttered theatre and waiting in minus -15 degrees.

‘Nuff said.




Mark R. Hasan, Editor

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