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Dawn at Socorro (1954)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 1 September 1954 (USA)
Gunfighter Brett Wade, diagnosed with tuberculosis, tries to get out of his former life while helping a young woman.

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Brett Wade
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Rannah Hayes
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Dick Braden
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Clare
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Jimmy Rapp
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Sheriff Cauthen
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Letty Diamond
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Doc Jameson
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Buddy Ferris
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Marshal Harry McNair
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Earl Ferris
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Old Man Ferris
Richard Garland ...
Tom Ferris
Scott Lee ...
Deputy Vince McNair
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Desk Clerk
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Brett Wade, gambler, gunslinger, and classical pianist, is wounded in a gunfight with the Ferris clan; the doctor finds signs of tuberculosis. En route to Colorado for his health, Brett stops in Socorro, New Mexico along with Ferris gunfighter Jimmy Rapp. Sheriff Couthen fears another shootout, but what Brett has in mind is saving waif-with-a-past Rannah Hayes from a life as one of Dick Braden's saloon girls. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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LAST OF THE FRONTIER GAMBLERS! (original ad - all caps)

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Romance | Western

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Vengeance à l'aube  »

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The monochrome brown of the outside scenery seen from inside the stagecoach through the windows during the ride does not match the colored external scenery as shown from outside the stagecoach, proving that the studio used old black & white stock footage that was tinted brown to disguise its black & white origins. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Cauthen: Let's have your gun.
Jimmy Rapp: I'm naked without it!
Sheriff Cauthen: It's all right. I won't arrest you for being naked.
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Western Roses
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Music by Hans J. Salter
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Good psychological western-- until they pull their guns.
24 June 2004 | by (Fort Worth, Texas) – See all my reviews

Not bad little movie, shows up on TCM every so often. And darned if Rory Calhoun doesn't look exactly like GEORGE CLOONEY at times, or is it vice versa? Anyway, interesting turn on the gunfighter trying to go straight story with an appealing Piper Laurie and mean gambling hall owner David Brian. They play cards and throw dice for the girl, with fortunes going back and forth. Edgar Buchanan plays a nervous sheriff and not the usual dimwit he's known for and Alex Nicol chews the furniture as the edgy slinger waiting to gun down Calhoun. But then comes the typical Hollywood ending where none of the characters show even a lick of common sense. Sorry to see that ending, this isn't a half bad film until the last five minutes, and then it's Universal Studios back lot fireworks. Too bad.


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