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RICHARD FLEISCHER'S FILM NOIR MELODRAMA 'VIOLENT SATURDAY'

A young Lee Marvin gunning for a VIOLENT SATURDAY Year: 1955
VIOLENT SATURDAY is a Film Noir Melodrama about three strangers in a small copper mining town, and they're not strangers to each other...

Year Released: 1955
Shot mostly in Brisbee Arizona changed to Bradenville with other shots in Lowell...

The Western-like town consists of a Main Street with the usual stroll-by shops including a drug store, jewelry shop and of course, a bank along with outlaying Amish farms and a lucrative copper mine surrounded by an immense craggy backdrop for stuffy offices with large windows to look out onto: while the characters are what seem to matter, but they don't, really...

And this too seems on purpose, like a romantic, high melodramatic soap opera (of the Douglas Sirk nature) where personal choices leading to random fates are more significant and detailed than fleshed-out personalities and their goals, purposes. Yet a few are extremely bizarre and completely intriguing enough to thoroughly invest in: particularly the three bank robbers who turn the movie's title into a reality at the end of the week: You see, there's a bank, and on Saturday, it's gonna get robbed...

Most beautiful cinematography ever captured, period
The heavies include Lee Marvin as the moody hypochondriac with insomnia; even-keeled leader Stephen McNally; and the sort of ASPHALT JUNGLE Sam Jaffe short and non-threatening brain of the group in J. Carrol Naish, only there really doesn't seem to be a mastermind, herein, but Naish has the line of the picture when a kid in the bank acts like a cop, using his finger like a gun, and the old robber grabs candy from his own pocket and, handing it to the brat, says, "Stick these in your kisser and go suck on 'em."

Saturday Score: ****
The most interesting aspects in this Cinemascope thriller are deliciously sappy, moments that fit like a clenched-fisted glove. For the two main stars, Victor Mature, whose son doesn't think he's much of a war hero, and Mature's brooding business partner Richard Egan, whose two-timing (or perhaps, three-timing) wife causes him to flirt with the film's young sexy ingenue, bordering femme fetale without the gun, Virginia Leith, who, on the sidelines, causes a nerdy bank manager to become a severe peeping tom, a sub-story that's perverse, intriguing and could have panned out much further...

Opening Credit Sequence with a cool burning font YEAR: 1955
Richard Fleischer's VIOLENT SATURDAY is a crime film where crime means very little till the 11th hour in which our finally-designated hero, Victor Mature, leads the villainous trio to an Amish farm (including a passive Ernest Borgnine) where budding Noir turns modern standoff Western: a bit slow compared to the robbery that deserved a better followup climax. But as a whole, this SATURDAY, centering on the comparably passive days leading up to the title, is a relaxing page-turner of a film, and perhaps the most beautifully choreographed in the later Film Noir era.
Stephen McNally casing for a VIOLENT SATURDAY
Like a monster movie, the town runs off screaming but because of what had just happened...
J. Carrol Naish gives the kid some candy to shut up as Stephen McNally sticks 'em up
A nice Richard Egan makes Lee Marvin want a drinking buddy but JC Naish keeps him professional
Richard Egan and Victor Mature as friends in VIOLENT SATURDAY, and the year before...
Violent Saturday alums Ernest Borgnine, Victor Mature and Richard Egan (with trident) in Demetrius & the Gladiators
Back to Violent Saturday now with Ernest Borgnine holding the pitchfork (facing Stephen McNally)
Richard Egan and Victor Mature passing work time in VIOLENT SATURDAY
"Take that for one day headlining over me in Dirty Dozen!" Ernest Borgnine & Lee Marvin, Violent Saturday
Again the year before has Victor Mature w/ Ernest Borgnine & Richard Egan in Demetrius & the Gladiators
Richard Egan and the film's smoking hot ingenue Virginia Leith in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Here's Virginia Leith in Stanley Kubrick's first film FEAR AND DESIRE
Virginia Leith in Stanley Kubrick's Fear and Desire
Virginia Leith in Stanley Kubrick's Fear and Desire
Virginia Leith in Stanley Kubrick's Fear and Desire w/ Paul Masursky
Virginia Leith in Stanley Kubrick's Fear and Desire
Richard Egan and Virginia Leith in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Virginia Leith smiles for the soda jerk in VIOLENT SATURDAY
And then her most famous (infamous) role in The Brain That Wouldn't Die
And then her most famous (infamous) role in The Brain That Wouldn't Die

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