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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brett Wade
Rannah Hayes
Dick Braden
Jimmy Rapp
Sheriff Cauthen
Letty Diamond
Doc Jameson
Buddy Ferris
Marshal Harry McNair
Earl Ferris
Old Man Ferris
Richard Garland ...
Tom Ferris
Scott Lee ...
Deputy Vince McNair
Desk Clerk


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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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 »


Brett Wade: Look, Mr. Braden, I don't like the place you run in Socorro. Your cards are marked, your dice are loaded and your whiskey is watered.
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Beyond the Horizon
Written by Frederick Herbert and Arnold Schwarzwald
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I'm from Socorro! Never knew it was in a movie!

I just saw this movie last night as I was channel surfing. I of course watched it as it is set in my quaint little city of Socorro, NM, right on the Rio Grande. I'd like to find out where it was filmed. Just made me even more homesick, as I work in Washington, DC and miss the quiet peacefulness of Socorro. Was a pretty good movie too. As far as westerns go, it is no "Big Jake" (though the director of this movie actually teamed with John Wayne to direct Big Jake") or Silverado, but I did find it an easy watch. Predictable, but when you've seen as many movies as I, not much surprises me, unless the writing is just down right amazing. Again, just amazed that my little seemingly insignificant hometown was ever featured or mentioned in a movie.

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