One of Madison’s claims to fame is the 1958 classic Hollywood movie filmed in our downtown district. Here is some basic information about the movie and a video of the theatrical trailer. This feature film was an adaptation of James Jones novel Some Came Running. The cast included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine. The film was shot mostly in Madison, Indiana, standing in for Parkman. Here are some more details according to Wikipedia.
MacLaine garnered her first Academy Award nomination which she credited to Sinatra for his insistence on the film’s ending being changed. Hailed in years to come as a masterpiece of American cinema, Some Came Running was also a box office success, earning $4.3 million in rentals and being ranked by Variety as the 10th highest-earning film of 1958. Some Came Running was nominated for five Academy Awards, for Best Actress in a Leading Role, (Shirley MacLaine), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Arthur Kennedy), Best Actress in a Supporting Role, (Martha Hyer), Best Costume Design, Black and White or Color (Walter Plunkett) and Best Music, Original Song, “To Love and Be Loved” (words and music by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn). MacLaine also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Drama.
If you’ve been to Madison, your will recognize familiar places in almost every scene of the movie. Here are some great historic photos about the making of Some Came Running in Madison. You can see a display about the movie, buy the DVD, and sometimes catch it on the big screen in our Ohio Theater.
One travel blogger posted some movie and contemporary photos of Madison side-by-side. Click here to see for yourself.