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Rage at Dawn (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Western | 2 June 1955 (USA)
A special agent from Chicago is sent out west to bring in the notorious Reno brothers.

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Simeon 'Sim' Reno
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William Peterson
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Clint Reno
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Terrorizing 1866 Indiana, the Reno brothers gang uses the town of Seymour as a safe haven, paying off three crooked town officials. Sent in to clean up the gang is Peterson Detective Agency operative James Barlow, who poses as an outlaw to gain the confidence of the officials and the thick-headed brothers. Complicating matters are Barlow's feelings for the Reno sister, Laura, who reluctantly keeps house for the boys out of family loyalty. Events heat up and rage surfaces as Barlow sets up the gang in a dawn train robbery. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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SHOWDOWN AT SUNUP! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Western

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Seven Bad Men  »

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Ten members of the Reno gang were lynched in three separate incidents in 1868. The first three were taken by vigilantes from a train. Three others were lynched at a later time. The last lynching, which included three Reno brothers, Frank, Sim, and Bill, actually claimed a fourth victim, gang member Charlie Anderson. Anderson and Frank Reno were technically in federal custody when they were lynched. This is believed to be the only time in U.S. history that a federal prisoner had ever been lynched by a mob before a trial. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set in the Midwestern state of Indiana, the opening sequence shows a desert landscape and the kind of towering buttes found in the Southwest--e.g., Utah and Arizona--and not on the flat prairies of Indiana. See more »

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Frank Reno: [after he's ordered the gang to split up after the robbery and sees Barlow following him] I reckon you didn't hear me right. I said this is where we split up.
James Barlow: I don't know this country.
Frank Reno: [Gesturing in the direction of the other gang members] Well, go with one of them.
James Barlow: I'm goin' with you seeing as how you're the one that's got the money
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Edited into Six Gun Theater: Rage at Dawn (2015) See more »

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The true story of the Reno Brothers
12 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of the last movies that Randolph Scott made before he joined with Budd Boetticher as director to make his best films. It is still a good one and Tim Whelan did a good job in his last years.

One of the interesting things in the film about catching the predecessors to the James boys, the Daltons and the Youngers, was the references to voting. The ladies were saying that someday they would get the vote and they would have the scum running the town that harbored the Renos. It was interesting watching this on the anniversary of the 1915 vote by the House to keep denying women the right to vote.

Golden Globe nominee Mala Powers was excellent as the Reno sister that had to choose between what was right and her brothers. Of course, she was easy pickings for the smooth talking Scott.

Lots of shooting and western fun for those that like that, but with Scott you always get some great acting.


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