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. —IMDb
Lewis Allen (25 December 1905 – 3 May 2000) was an English film and television director. Allen worked mainly in the United States, directing 18 feature films between 1944 and 1959. From the mid-1950s he moved increasingly into television and worked on a number of the most popular shows of the time in the U.S.
Allen was born in the small Shropshire town of Oakengates and on leaving school joined the Merchant Navy for four years. After leaving the service he became, briefly, an actor, before moving into London theatrical management, firstly for Raymond Massey and later for Gilbert Miller.
By the early 1940s Allen had relocated to the U.S. He directed a wartime propaganda short Freedom Comes High in 1943 and was given his first chance to direct a feature film in 1944. He made a highly auspicious debut with The Uninvited, an atmospheric and memorable ghost story set on the misty coast of south-west England, starring Ray Milland and Gail Russell. The film was very favourably… read more
A terrific little thriller starring Ol' Blue Eyes who gives a chilling performance in a rare villainous role as a would-be presidential assassin. In the sleepy Californian town of Suddenly he and his associates pose as FBI agents and hold a family and the local sheriff hostage in a house overlooking the railway station where the president's train is due to stop. Tension mounts as the arrival time of the train nears..
Solid old-fashioned thriller of confinement is horribly dated at times, but works due to a strong premise, well-crafted suspense, and an excellent, surprising performance by Frank Sinatra as the psychotic assassin. Only a minor classic, but solid entertainment for classic movie fans.