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Drive-In Saturday Night Double Feature: “Suddenly” starring Frank Sinatra + Second Explosive Feature & Selected Short Subjects

Welcome to a new category here on THEI.  Every Saturday we will be presenting a tribute to the number 1 entertainment media in America “back in the day” – The Drive-In Theater. In the late 1940’s and throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s the growing popularity of the family car led to a new American pastime, watching movies from your car. So, on every Saturday, especially in the summer, we would grab a dollar out of the cookie jar (a buck a carload) and head out to the outskirts of almost any American town or city and enjoy the movies.

Unfortunately with the popularity of Television beginning in the 1960’s and the greater profits from the land that the drive-ins were built on being so good from the tract homes being built for the growing number of young baby boomers families it became unprofitable to own a Drive-In Theater. The Drive-In Theater was history and the sprawling suburbs swallowed them up.

With the passing of the Drive-In Movie we also lost the venue for the mostly Grade-B movies that was their staple. (be they good, bad or indifferent) 

THEI is proud to bring some of those lost and forgotten films and Selected Short subjects back in this series of postings.  I hope you enjoy this ongoing tribute. . . Your Editor Dennis Crenshaw


Frank Sinatra in SUDDENLY (1954) Rare WIDESCREEN version FULL MOVIE

YouTube ~

Published on Jan 9, 2011

Variety clock Drive-in theater Intermission

YouTube ~ driveinfilm Published on Jun 16, 2017

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Drive-In Memories: Double Feature (+) Selected Short Subjects

Featured Image: DVD Cover: Suddenly – In COLOR! Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced! SOURCE: Amazon.com

Main Feature 

From youtube uploaded by FilmTributeTv

Suddenly! (1954) (Full B & W original movie)

Frank Sinatra & Sterling Hayden

Published on Aug 22, 2013

In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.


Selected Short Subjects


Owl Jolson

Uploaded on Aug 1, 2011

Classic Merry Melodies cartoon, “Owl Jolson” featuring the song, “I Love to Singa.” It’s a surprisingly great story about parents learning to love their child for who he is, despite the initial shock and disappointment of him not turning out just like them.

Frame By Frame: Drive In Theaters

Published on Jun 5, 2012

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Film Studies professor Wheeler Winston Dixon recalls the glory days of the drive-in movie theater.

1950’s Reel Trailers 

Published on Apr 25, 2012

Trailers for “Day the Earth Stood Still”, “Bride of the Gorilla”, “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”, “The Amazing Transparent Man”, “20 Million Miles to Earth”, “The Deadly Mantis” and “First Spaceship on Venus”.Trailers are from http://archive.org/ and are available for individual free downloading on that site.

Movie News Report

1950’s Historic News, Music, War, Culture, Entertainment, Footage – Public Domain Blockbuster!

From youtube uploaded by ckarczewski

2nd Feature

Swamp Woman SOURCE Amazon


Image: DVD Cover of Roger Corman’s Swamp Women. Source: Amazon.com


From youtube uploaded by FilmTributeTv on Sept 7, 2013

Roger Corman’s “Swamp Women” (1956)

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