Cinema: New Picture, may 16, 1955

Violent Saturday (20th Century-Fox) is a big, rough, savvy sort of pell-meller—perhaps the best thing of its crude kind that Hollywood has offered in 1955. The idea of the picture, trenchantly written by Sydney Boehm and slickly directed by Richard Fleischer, is as simple and as nerve-racking, as a bomb. Three thugs arrive in a small Arizona mining town to hold up the bank. While the robbers prepare their plans, while the bomb ticks away in the mind, the moviegoer stares with itchy horror into the faces and the lives of the innocent bystanders who will be caught in the eventual...

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