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Notice the three gold stars embedded in the concrete sidewalk in front of the Ohio Theatre. Madison, IN was blessed with having Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacClaine and Dean Martin, film the movie, Some Came Running, downtown in this location in 1958. The movie is about Dave Hirsch, a writer and an army veteran winds up in his small Indiana hometown, to the dismay of his respectable older brother. He meets and befriends various different characters and tries to figure out what to do with his life.
Filming Locations as per RoundAbout article of June 1999:
The French Family’s House
The Hermosa Vista house and its adjacent cottage that sit atop the Hanover Hill were used in the film as the French family home. One shot of Frank Sinatra on the back porch includes a glimpse of the I.K.E.C. power plant and river.
The Jewelry Store
The building at 110 E. Main St. was where crew members constructed the Hirsh family jewelry store. In the movie, set in 1948, Sinatra’s character, Dave Hirsh, returns home from World War II and visits his brother at the jewelry store. Their conflicting personalities and lifestyles add to the movie’s dramatic tension.
Much of the action in the movie, including a poorly staged fight scene, takes place at Smitty’s Bar, created and filmed at the corner of Second and Jefferson streets.
The Hirsh Family Home
The J.F.D. Lanier Mansion on Second Street was used for filming scenes of the Frank Hirsh home. Hirsh, played by actor Arthur Kennedy, was the town jeweler and Dave Hirsh’s insincere brother who embodied the hypocritical and somewhat pretentious “good life” of high society, 1940s-style.
The Bus Station
During a gambling trip to Fort Wayne with his buddy Bama Dillert (Dean Martin), Dave Hirsh (Sinatra) runs into his niece, whom he promptly ships back to Parkman by bus. Her departure was filmed at the former White Star Bus Station on Second Street. It is now the Thomas Family Winery and a barber shop.
The final scene, the burial of Shirley MacLaine’s slain character, Ginny Moorhead, was shot at Moffett Cemetery on the Milton, Ky., hilltop. In the background, this angel statue can be seen, along with a view of the Ohio River valley. Today the view is obscured by trees.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Madison's Treasures Tours