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Violent Saturday


The film's premiere was planned for Lancaster, Pennsylvania, an Amish community, but the town's mayor, Kendig Bare, refused to permit the screening because he considered the film too violent and sexy.




Violent Saturday



An influential film book from back in 1971 was art critic Lawrence Alloway's Violent America: The Movies 1946-1964, based on a film screening series that took place at the Museum of Modern Art. Alloway discussed the thrillers of this period as exemplars of a concept called Covert Culture: "There seems to be a greater interest in violence in the mass audience than is tolerable to the elite critics of society." That translates as saying that critics looking for spiritual enlightenment were baffled by the violent fantasies down at the Bijou. The New York Times' Bosley Crowther frequently held the attitude that violent movie fare was an insult directed at him personally. He described the film reviewed here as "guarded pornography." And all because a sadistic hood grinds a little kid's hand into the sidewalk.


An excellent example of a popular film undermining America's artistic values is Fox's CinemaScope release from 1955, Violent Saturday. Although now promoted as a film noir -- apparently every movie with someone in street clothes carrying a gun now qualifies -- Violent Saturday is a dramatic hybrid. John Sturges' Bad Day at Black Rock from the same year is a socially conscious exposé of a racial hate crime -- but with a little ju-jitsu and gunplay to keep the rubes in their seats. Violent Saturday grafts a brutal caper story onto the basic Grand Hotel converging plotlines template: substitute a volcano or an earthquake for the bank robbery, and we'd have a generic Disaster Movie. Producer Buddy Adler spun a number of golden hits for Fox at this time, spread across several genres. For Violent Saturday he gathered key noir talent in the persons of scriptwriter Sydney Boehm (The Big Heat) and director Richard Fleischer (The Narrow Margin). The movie is certainly violent enough, but its thematic agenda falls more in the 'threat to the family' subgenre that in the 1950s seemed always to reinforce conformist social ideas.


Similarly, a year earlier in Suddenly, a widow and mother (Nancy Gates) is put in a position where she has to reject her pacifism, which comes from her grief over losing her husband in the Korean War. To save her family, she has to kill a would-be presidential assassin (Frank Sinatra). By overcoming her antipathy to violence (and, therefore, her frigidity to men who can be violent and who believe violence can be necessary), Gates is not only able to re-marry but she is also able to fall in love with a man whose commitment to violence is professional, the town sheriff (Sterling Hayden).


A number of otherwise insignificant small-town stories erupt into drama when a gang of hoodlums decides to rob the local bank. A father looking for pride in his son's eyes, a timid bank manager who is a peeping tom by night, a man striving to re-win his wife's love, an Amish farmer faced with viciousness, and a proper older woman turned thief, all find themselves entangled with the bank robbers as a peaceful weekend turns violent.


Laura, good write-up of VIOLENT SATURDAY(filmed 1954-55, released 1955). Like Paddy Lee(Caftan Woman), I first viewed this movie as a youngster. I first saw it on the WMCT Channel 5 Memphis MOVIE BONANZA in 1966. VIOLENT SATURDAY is appropriately named, because it was a violent movie for it's day. I agree with Paddy Lee, in that, this movie still packs a punch today. Although, the movie is considered tame today, but looking through 1955 eyes it was quite a violent lurid crime melodrama filmed in broad daylight. Also, talk about the definition of hooligan, Lee Marvin is the one. Like Jerry, I'm envious of you in getting to view this movie in all its CinemaScope Deluxe colored glory. I think VIOLENT SATURDAY is well worth viewing.


Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955. Vintage studio still photograph of Victor Mature from the 1955 film, with "Centrale Commissie Voor Filmkeuring" blind stamp in right corner. A complex, satisfying film of interwoven stories starring Lee Marvin, Stephen McNally, and J. Carroll Naish as three bank robbers casing a mining town prior to a holdup, and starring Sylvia Sidney and Ernest Borgnine as local townsfolk. The first CinemaScope picture ever made for under $1 million. At first considered too violent, the film now stands in its rightful place as one of the best of Southwestern noirs. Set in Arizona and shot there on location. 8 x 10 inches. Near Fine. Grant US. Spicer US. Twilight Time 96. [Book #148211]


NBC is the No. 1 network for prime-time violence this year, but CBS produced the most violent Saturday cartoons, a survey by the National Coalition on Television Violence says.NBC's "Buck Rogers" is the most violent prime-time series, averaging 26 violent acts per hour, 9 more than the second-ranked "Dukes of Hazzard" on CBS. On Saturdays, CBS's "Bugs Bunny-Roadrunner Show" averages 50 violent acts per hour, over twice the Saturday morning average, it says.


American Cynamid Company, maker of Breck, Pine-Sol, and Old Spice, was listed as sponsor of the most violent prime-time shows, with 63 percent of its ads on high-violence programs. General Mills sponsors the most violence on Saturday mornings, with 78 percent of its ads on high-violence programs, NCTV said.


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday declared a state of emergency following violent protests in Atlanta against the construction of a police training facility and the killing by authorities of an environmental protester said to have shot a state trooper.


A rally staged by white nationalists in Charlottesville turned violent Saturday. After hours brawls between the pro-rally far-right figures and anti-racism protesters, a sport car ploughed into crowd against the rally, killing a 32-year-old local woman and injuring 19.


The violent protesters were a subsection of hundreds of demonstrators who had gathered and marched up Atlanta's famed Peachtree Street to mourn the death of the protester, a nonbinary person who went by the name Tortuguita and used they/it pronouns. 041b061a72


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