Written by / 8/26/2023 / No comments / , , , , , , , , , , , ,

RICHARD FLEISCHER'S 'VIOLENT SATURDAY' WITH VICTOR MATURE

Title: VIOLENT SATURDAY Year: 1955 Rating: ****1/2

Director Richard Fleischer crafted a tight, sparse, edgy noir also replete with enough paperback melodrama for a dozen Douglas Sirk features, which VIOLENT SATURDAY resembles but only from either close-up or afar...

The first because of the soapy situations, like a cheating wife or a father whose son seems to hate him... and the latter from the vibrant technicolor cinematography of an Arizona small town, richly contrasting from Fleischer's previous B&W city-set thrillers ARMORED CAR ROBBERY,  FOLLOW ME QUIETLY and THE CLAY PIGEON...

Lee Marvin and Stephen McNally in VIOLENT SATURDAY

But for crime cinema's sake, this SATURDAY is mostly about the calculated slowburn week leading up... as three eclectic snakes-in-Eden are poised to rob the local bank led by traveling salesman Stephen McNally, with neurotic/hypochondriac wild-card Lee Marvin and coolly professional J. Carroll Naish...

Herein the overall theme is about the town's seemingly average residents being as flawed as the surreptitious crooks among them, like librarian Sylvia Sidney, in-debt to the targeted bank's dweeb manager Tommy Noonan, moonlighting as the personal Peeping Tom of beautiful nurse Virginia Leith...

Monster Movie Panic Visual for VIOLENT SATURDAY

Nearly winding-up in the trembling arms of muscular yet pathetically cheated-on rich man's son Richard Egan, surrogate boss of Victor Mature... himself a dependable patriarch jarred by his child's sudden contempt, evoked by dad's lack of war service, who instead strategically mined copper from the same predominant factory...

Overall making VIOLENT SATURDAY an ensemble of randomly troubled, existential characters leading to the heist-flashpoint/hideout-aftermath that turns this bright-lit noirish drama into the kind of gritty Western standoff where Fleischer seems the most comfortable since... at this point... there are no more episodic loopholes or distractions. 

Opening Credits burning for VIOLENT SATURDAY
Richard Egan and Virginia Leith in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Richard Egan and Virginia Leith in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Victor Mature in VIOLENT SATURDAY

Victor Mature in VIOLENT SATURDAY

Brad Dexter and Margaret Hayes in VIOLENT SATURDAY
J. Carrol Naish, Stephen McNally and Dorothy Patrick in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Lee Marvin, Stephen McNally and J. Carrol Naish in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Stephen McNally and J. Carrol Naish in VIOLENT SATURDAY with Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin, J. Carroll Naish, Victor Mature & Stephen McNally in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Lee Marvin, Stephen McNally and J. Carroll Naish in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Richard Egan, Lee Marvin and J. Carrol Naish in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Gorgeous Technicolor Widescreen Cinematography for VIOLENT SATURDAY
Margaret Hayes and Brad Dexter in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Richard Egan and Virginia Leith in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Virginia Leith left of Barbara Babcock)on THE WHITE SHADOW
Richard Egan and Victor Mature in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Previous year has Ernest Borgnine, Victor Mature and Richard Egan in Demetrius and the Gladiators
Ernest Borgnine and Victor Mature in Violent Saturday
Tommy Noonan in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Margaret Hayes in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Margaret Hayes in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Stephen  McNally in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Stephen McNally and Lee Marvin in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Stephen McNally and J Carroll Naish in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Stephen McNally and Lee Marvin in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Lee Marvin in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Lee Marvin in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Lee Marvin in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Lee Marvin in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Lee Marvin in VIOLENT SATURDAY with J. Carroll Naish
Stephen McNally in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Tommy Noonan in VIOLENT SATURDAY
J. Carroll Naish in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Stephen McNally in VIOLENT SATURDAY with Ralph Dumke
Stephen McNally in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Sylvia Sidney and Tommy Noonan in VIOLENT SATURDAY with Margaret Hayes
J Carroll Naish, Stephen McNally & Lee Marvin in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Lee Marvin with Sylvia Sidney in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Lee Marvin with Sylvia Sidney in on Twilight Time cover of VIOLENT SATURDAY
J Carroll Naish, Stephen McNally & Lee Marvin in VIOLENT SATURDAY with Dorothy Patrick
Richard Fleischer's VIOLENT SATURDAY with Dorothy Patrick
Richard Fleischer's VIOLENT SATURDAY with Margaret  Hayes
Lee Marvin in VIOLENT SATURDAY with Ernest Borgnine
Lee Marvin in VIOLENT SATURDAY with Ernest Borgnine
Richard Fleischer's VIOLENT SATURDAY
J Carroll Naish, Stephen McNally & Lee Marvin in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Lee Marvin in VIOLENT SATURDAY
Victor Mature and Dorothy Patrick in VIOLENT SATURDAY


 

Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

All Time Popular

Featured Post

JAMES CAGNEY WITH RICHARD CONTE IN '13 RUE MADELEINE'

Title: 13 RUE MADELEINE Year: 1947 Rating: ***1/2 In the 1940's, James Cagney went to war... well, not literally... but at forty-years o...

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

RIP ACTOR KEN HUTCHISON

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "Give a girl a pair of shoes, and she walks out on you." Michael Greer in Willard Huyck's Messiah of Evil

FILM NOIR & NEO NOIR CRIME

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

1)OTLEY 2)HELL IS A CITY 3)ROBBERY 4)THE FEARMAKERS 5)CANYON PASSAGE 6)VIOLENT SATURDAY 7)HOT CARS 8)JUNGLE STREET 9)THE CROWDED SKY 10)THE ROARING TWENTIES 11) ANATOMY OF A MURDER 12)SHARKS' TREASURE 13)SWEENEY TWO 14)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 15)HARDCORE 16)THE BREAK 17)WHITE HEAT 18)AL CAPONE 19)HIDDEN FEAR 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)NIGHT CREATURES 22)THE ASPHALT JUNGLE 23)ASH WEDNESDAY 24)THE SYSTEM 25)AIR PATROL 26)THE STONE KILLER 27)EASY LIVING 28)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 29)FRENZY 30)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)STANLEY BAKER 4)MARLON BRANDO 5)CHARLES BRONSON1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)VAL GUEST 4)STANLEY KUBRICK 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)ORSON WELLES 7)JOHN GUILLERMAN 8)JOHN LANDIS 9)JOHN CARPENTER 10)MICHAEL WINNER

BRITISH NEW WAVE CINEMA

RARITIES AND EXPLOITATION

HAMMER HORROR & THRILLER

Popular This Month

CHARLES BRONSON CINEMA

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

PEAKING INTO THE SIXTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

REVVING THE SEVENTIES

FOR HORROR MOVIE REVIEWS

Most Popular Last Year

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE