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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
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Tom Ferris
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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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1 September 1954 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Brett Wade: Well, this is an honor. Probably the first time a corpse has ever been asked to deliver his own funeral oration. I expected to be carried out of Lordsburg, but here I stand on my way to Colorado filled with wind instead of lead. I couldn't include most of you in my will, but I do leave you all the unmined silver in these hills, all the unspilled whiskey, all the unkissed ladies and all the unfilled straights and flushes. I want to apologize for leaving the party. For me, there never has been, ...
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Referenced in Bowser Makes a Movie (2005) See more »

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Oh You Kid
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Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter
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Under rated classic 50's Western
19 September 2003 | by (Oldham, England) – See all my reviews

Any student of real western history will recognise the characters and part of the plot as being related to the Doc Holliday / Wyatt Earp /Clanton feud in Tombstone. Rory Calhoun is pretty obviously Doc while James Millican is Wyatt. The shootout in the stockyards is based on the OK corral and the screenwriters offer an interesting story on what happened next. Alex Nicol as Jimmy Rapp (John Ringo) is nicely portrayed and the movie moves along with a good pace of action, motivation and characterisation. Certainly a classic, considering the studio system in operation at the time it was made.A lot of effort and thought obviously went into its production. Well worth seeing.


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