video on making of
"Some Came Running" to air this month
MADISON, Ind. Its not quite Hollywood, but its close.
This month on the Turner Classic Movie cable channel, Madison, Ind.,
will be featured in the first of a series of six-minute video clips
examining the making of selected classic movies.
Madisons claim to fame was the 1958 making of the
movie, Some Came Running, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin
and Shirley MacLaine. The 1959 release garnered six Academy Award nominations
but came up empty on awards night due to some stiff competition.
A film crew from Turners Atlanta production studio visited Madison
for five days last summer during the Some Came Running festival,
staged by the Madison Main Street Program. While there, the crew interviewed
several Madisonians who appeared as extras in the movie.
Five interviewees made the cut and will be featured in the video presentation,
along with narrator Carolyn Clark of Madison, according to TCMs
Sean Cameron. Those interviewed for the film include Peter Woodburn,
Tom McKenna, John Wurtz, Harold Lakeman and Dianne (Brientenback) Signore.
Clark led guided walking tours of Some Came Running filming
locations around Madison during the recent festival.
When we got to Madison and met Carolyn, we went on her walking
tour and decided to use her as our on-air narrator, explained
Cameron, an assistant director and senior writer at TCM.
She did a great job and the city of Madison should be proud of
her, Cameron said.
Cameron writes and helps direct Hollywood on Location, a
nightly lead-in to classic movies that is hosted by on-air personality
The Some Came Running piece will actually begin airing the
week prior to the 15th as part of TCMs promotion of a new three-part
show, to be hosted by legendary director Martin Scorsese and air nightly
on Feb. 14-16 at 8 p.m. EST.
This series, titled A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through
American Movies, will chronicle the films that had the greatest
impact on him. It will include hundreds of clips and extended on-camera
commentary by Scorsese, plus a chance to win a copy of the directors
Some Came Running will air on the second night of the series,
Cameron said, and continue running throughout the month.
To make the clip, Camerons crew visited six locations in Madison.
Clark used some of the research on the movie and director Vincente Minnelli
that she had gathered for a walking tour she conducted for visitors
during the Some Came Running festival.
The video is set up so that Carolyn takes the viewer on a tour,
Cameron said. Then we cut to the various people who were interviewed.
Its really about the people of this small town and their stories.
Woodburn told the story about Sinatra stepping inside his house to visit
briefly with his grandmother, Marguarite Potter, who was dying of cancer.
"It's a story I've always wanted to share because Sinatra got such
a bad rap when he was here," said Woodburn, who played an extra
in the carnival scene.
Cameron said he was especially moved by Signores story. Signore
flew in from San Diego to take part in the celebration and wound up
being interviewed for the TCM piece. She was a child during the making
of the movie and had a small role with MacLaine during the climactic
Clark, meanwhile, said she enjoyed her experience as film narrator and
felt no pressure or intimidation by the role.
I talked with a lot of people and did some research at the local
library on the film to prepare for my walking tour, said Clark,
who leads guided walking tours of Madisons historic sites during
the summer months.
When they chose me to do this film, I was flattered, she
said. They were great people to work with.
During the festival, Jerry Bayne of Robinson Ill., took part in one
of Clarks walking tours. Bayne is a member of the James Jones
Literary Society, which is headquartered in Robinson, Jones hometown
and served as the basis for much of his fictional characters.
More famous for his work, From Here to Eternity, Jones wrote
the book on which Some Came Running was based.
Bayne said he was interested in bringing the society to Madison for
one of its annual symposiums.
Contacted at his home, Bayne, a 1967 graduate of Hanovers Southwestern
High School, is encouraging the society to come to Madison for the 2008
symposium, since it will mark the 50th anniversary of the movies
filming. So far, it is only in the discussion stage, he said.
Kim Franklin, former director of the Madison Main Street Program, said
she was impressed with the video, which she received by mail in mid-January.
They did a wonderful job, and Carolyn Clark did great as the narrator,"
she said. "It puts a good face on Madison."
For more information on the Some Came Running
video, contact the Main Street Program office at (812) 265-3270. Or
visit the TCM website at: www.tcm/turner.com.
To learn more about the James Jones Literary Society, visit the groups
website at: http://rking.vinu.edu/j.htm.
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