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
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Well, just exactly does my job call for?
See that my patrons spend more money at the bar and lose more money at the table than they had intended to. You'll do this by treating every patron as if he were handsome and entertaining, and by regarding yourself as beautiful, desirable and approachable.
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Mixmaster Plot, Good Direction and Great Production Values
Take a dash of "My Darling Clementine," a pinch of "Stagecoach" and a touch of "High Noon" and you get "Dawn at Socorro," a string of western clichés so predictable you may have trouble staying awake. Rory Calhoun, with fake temple gray so outlandish it looks as if he's wearing a bad hairpiece, plays the thinly disguised Doc Holliday character. Piper Laurie, surprisingly attractive and magnetic plays his love interest. The always smarmy David Brian plays the chief heavy. If this movie didn't have such gorgeous Technicolor, imaginative camera setups and crisp direction, it would be a big "nothingburger." As played, it's a reasonably passable western. I give "Dawn at Socorro" a "5."
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