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Release Date:
2 November 1953 (UK) See more »
After six years spent in Mexico a penniless Brett Stanton and his gang return to Carson City intending to make a quick dishonest buck. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jeanne Crain ... Linda Culligan

Dale Robertson ... Brett Stanton

Richard Boone ... John Ringo

Lloyd Bridges ... Gar Stanton

Carole Mathews ... Cynthia London

Carl Betz ... Deputy Phil Ryan
Whitfield Connor ... Jim London
Hugh Sanders ... Sheriff Bill Gifford

Rodolfo Acosta ... Joe Mendoza
Pascual García Peña ... Pig
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Barney (uncredited)

James Best ... Deputy Gig (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harris Brown ... Bank President (uncredited)
Harry Brown ... Bank Cashier (uncredited)
Ralph Bucko ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kit Carson ... Deputy (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Jack (uncredited)

Tristram Coffin ... Easterner Wanting Hotel Room (uncredited)
Leo Curley ... Harry Wade (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... Mr. Davis (uncredited)
John Daheim ... James J. Corbett (uncredited)
Alan Dexter ... Flint (uncredited)
King Donovan ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Cinch (uncredited)
Jane Easton ... Saloon Singer (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ... William Brady (uncredited)

Frank Ferguson ... Easterner at Training Camp (uncredited)
Barbra Fuller ... Mrs. Adler (uncredited)
Kay Garrett ... Mr. Logan (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ... Dice Table Dealer (uncredited)
Leo Gordon ... Russell (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Bob Thrailkill (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Harry Harvey ... Saloon Waiter (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Old-Timer at Training Camp (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... Stewpot (uncredited)

Earle Hodgins ... Cooch Dance Barker (uncredited)
Anthony Jochim ... Blister (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Gunslinger at Ringside (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)
Perk Lazelle ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Jimmy Lennon Sr. ... Fight Announcer (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Tom McDonough ... Deputy Tex (uncredited)
George Melford ... Old-Timer Outside Saloon (uncredited)
Kansas Moehring ... Townsman (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Barker (uncredited)
Gordon Nelson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Bob Fitzsimmons (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Cornerman (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Townsman (uncredited)
Maudie Prickett ... Indignant Townswoman (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Chuck-a-Luck Dealer (uncredited)
Richard Reeves ... Gunslinger at Ringside (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Townsman (uncredited)

George Selk ... Old-Timer (uncredited)
Jerry Sheldon ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Charles Smith ... Henry (uncredited)
Charles Soldani ... Indian (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Cashier (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Townsman (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Harmon Jones 
Writing credits
George W. George (written by) and
George F. Slavin (written by)

Produced by
Leonard Goldstein .... producer
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George A. Gittens 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Hough .... assistant director
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Chet Brandenburg .... stunt double: Don Haggerty (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... musical director
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Lionel Newman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Raksin .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Chet Brandenburg .... stand-in: Don Haggerty (uncredited)
Jerry Bryan .... dialogue director (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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81 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Debut of Leo Gordon.See more »
Stewpot:I got a feeling that the real fight is going to be outside of the ring.
Brett Stanton:Well, if the killing starts, you can forget about your fistfight. This town will empty like a cyclone hit it.
Stewpot:Will you be staying or leaving?
Brett Stanton:That depends on which way the wind is blowing.
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Traces of Civilization, 13 June 2015
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

City Of Bad Men is Carson City, Nevada and that frontier town which was just beginning to show traces of civilization in 1897 is the host to the title defense of the heavyweight championship by James J. Corbett against the Cornish blacksmith Bob Fitzsimmons. There's lots of action outside the ring as well as three different gangs of outlaws all have plans to rob the proceeds of the fight.

The gangs are led by Dale Robertson, Richard Boone, and Dan Haggerty. Robertson is actually from the area and reestablishes himself with Jeanne Crain, the girl he left behind. But Robertson took her younger brother with him who got killed and she's not forgiving.

Robertson is like John Wayne in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance who is a man of the west, but knows the day of six gun law is coming to a close. In fact some of the themes of Liberty Valance are explored here with a different twist.

With the law closing in on the gangs there's more action outside the ring than inside where history records the tough blacksmith from Cornwall wore down the champion from San Francisco and knocked him out.

Of performances to note one would definitely be that Lloyd Bridges as Robertson's younger and wilder brother.

City Of Bad Men weaves a nice western tale into the most famous day Carson City, Nevada ever saw.

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