'Some Came Running' movie trivia
The movie was nominated for five Academy Awards but received none. Shirley MacLaine, nominated along with Elizabeth Taylor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) for Best Actress, lost to Susan Hayward (I Want to Live). MacLaine was nominated four more times in her career, winning in 1984 for Terms of Endearment.
MacLaine later wrote in her book, My Lucky
Stars, that the Clan really got its start during the
filming of Some Came Running in Madison. The Clan
included MacLaine, Sinatra, Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and
In Martha Hyer Wallaces book, Finding
My Way, she wrote a chapter that discussed the movie and her Madison
experience. Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role, she
wrote that the house in Some Came Running got more
mail than the actors did. MGM sent plans of that beautiful old farm
house to people all over the world.
While many of the cast and crew stayed in Hillside
Inn during filming of the movie, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin rented
out the John Lucht home next door. Local cab drivers and Sinatras
valet would make frequent trips downtown to pick up food, booze and
prescription drugs at Rogers and Inglis drug stores. Lucht, (now deceased)
who owned the hotel at the time, later reported that Sinatra got angry
one evening and tore a telephone off the wall. The two guests also caused
other damage, including leaving water marks from their drink glasses
on the Luchts baby grand piano.
The famous Hollywood trio of Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra (above) left an indelible impact on the sleepy river town of Madison, Ind., during their three-week stay in 1958. Despite the river valleys scenic beauty, Sinatra supposedly hated being cooped up in a hick town like Madison. He couldnt find a bar that made his special drink and he had to have dames brought in from Indianapolis on the White Star Bus. And when he protested the scripts call for his character to be shot in the end, they changed it to have MacLaine's character shot instead. Guess it just wasnt Franks kinda town.