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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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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 ...
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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 »

Quotes

Judge: [to the sheriff and prosecutor] You're too suspicious.
Lattimore, Prosecuting Attorney: We've a right to be suspicious. Our share keeps getting smaller and smaller; first thing you know they'll deal us out completely.
Judge: How can they? We'll be re-elected next month for two more years. They know which side their bread's buttered on.
Lattimore, Prosecuting Attorney: You think we can get away with this for two more years? Our collusion with the Reno Brothers is one of the worst kept secrets in history. Collusion, conspiracy, malfeasance. Ugly words, your honor, but ...
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Above-average Western, except for location
18 August 2006 | by (Middle Tennessee) – See all my reviews

This is a well-cast, well-directed, tightly-scripted film (only 87 minutes). The cast is amazing for what had to be a fairly low budget RKO picture from the mid-1950's; Randolph Scott was an established star while Forrest Tucker, J. Carrol Naish, and Denver Pyle were all established, talented Western performers and Edgar Buchanan was one of the best Western character actors of all time. What hurts the movie severely and is its major flaw is the setting. Nothing about one single shot of the film looks anything like Southern Indiana or anywhere else in the Midwest, and exactly like California, where it was actually shot. This lack of authenticity is distracting, in some scenes more than others, but never completely destroys the fine performances. Like some of the others, I would like to know more about the historical Reno Brothers and how closely this film represents their true story; I'm sure that it's somewhat closer than Elvis' ''Love Me Tender'', which is about the same topic and came out the next year.


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