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Rage at Dawn (1955)

 -  Western  -  26 March 1955 (USA)
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A special agent from Chicago is sent out west to bring in the notorious Reno brothers.

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Complete credited cast:
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James Barlow
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Frank Reno
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Laura Reno
J. Carrol Naish ...
Simeon 'Sim' Reno
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Judge
Myron Healey ...
John Reno
Howard Petrie ...
Lattimore - Prosecuting Attorney
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Sheriff of Seymour
William Forrest ...
William Peterson
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Clint Reno
Trevor Bardette ...
Fisher
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Monk Claxton
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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)

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26 March 1955 (USA)  »

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Seven Bad Men  »

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Set in Indiana in 1866, the opening sequences reveal telephone poles and telephone lines in the background. Also, the U.S. and California State flag are shown on a flagpole in the background. (The film was shot in California) See more »

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Opening crawl: This is the true story of the Reno Brothers... Clint, a respected farmer, and Frank, Simeon, John and Bill... who were the first train robbers in American history. Looting, burning and killing, this infamous clan rode through the middle border states setting the pattern for the great outlaw bands which were to follow: the James boys, the Daltons and the Youngers... The year, 1866. The place is Southern Indiana.
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Yet another very good Randolph Scott film...and with a very unusual ending...very, very unusual.
22 April 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is yet another exceptional Randolph Scott western. Considering how many wonderful films he made in the 1950s, I certainly wasn't surprised that I liked this one.

In a couple ways, however, this film is a bit unconventional. First, Scott doesn't even appear in the film until about 20 minutes into the film! Until then, it consisted of showing the exploits of an outlaw gang in Indiana--a very hilly and California-like version of Indiana (where n real life I'd heard the highest elevation is reportedly 9 inches above sea level). Second, the ending is just plain bizarre--not at all bad, but really caught me by surprise and won't be something the average person could predict. I mention this because although the main plot of the film isn't that unusual (I've seen many similar to it), the thing is handled so well and offers some nice twists that make it well worth seeing--in addition to Scott's usual seemingly effortless performance.

Scott enters the film when he's recruited to infiltrate an evil gang that isn't exactly in the old west, but Southern Indiana (I lived just over the boarder--believe me, this is NOT a typical locale for a western). However, as you'd expect, there is a nice and semi-innocent girl who gets tossed into the mix--making Scott wonder if it's possible for him to do his job and the girl...I mean, get the girl.

Overall, the film is well acted and directed as well as a lot of fun. Plus, it helps that the supporting actors (such as Forrest Tucker and J. Carroll Naish) are so good. Worth seeing--and a must-see if you love the genre.


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