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A favorite film for TCM programmers, “Some Came Running,” based on the enormous James Jones novel — is an interesting movie for myriad reasons. Primary among them, it’s the first flick that co-starred Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin — prompting them to launch their version of the Rat Pack — and it’s the first film that garnered Shirley MacLaine an Academy Award nomination. In her career, MacLaine would nab six Oscar nods, but only won once, in 1984 for “Terms of Endearment.” In this 1958 outing, MacLaine plays a garish woman with “indefinable” morality and a desperate need to be loved and cherished. Her seeming vulgarity — too much makeup, too-tight dresses, no table manners or behavior restraint—is at war with her vulnerability. MacLaine is only 23 when she made this film, and she looks that age or even younger! With a pixie haircut and a puppy-dog purse, MacLaine’s characterization of Ginny is heartbreaking.