The citizens of sleepy village of Suddenly, California joke they ought to change their name to Gradually, based on how slow things are around there. But that all changes when stalwart sheriff (Sterling Hayden) gets wind of a very important visitor passing through town later that day: The President of the United States. And things really heat up when three mysterious gangsters posing as FBI men (led by Ol’ Blue Eyes) show up at the home of local widower (and object of the sheriff’s affection) with a deadly assignment: assassinating the Commander-In-Chief.
“A compact study of terror and suspense… moves along so crisply and with such breathless uncertainty all the way that it drags you into the episode and holds you to the end.” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times
Kim Morgan writes about Suddenly for the New Beverly blog.