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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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Simeon 'Sim' Reno
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Myron Healey ...
John Reno
Howard Petrie ...
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William Peterson
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Clint Reno
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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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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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John Reno: Thirty thousand dollars is a heap of money. Now, who would have thought of holding up a train?
Frank Reno: Seems like a business worth considering.
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"I don't like you, Barlow. Don't like you at all. But I admire guts."
23 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Randolph Scott plays James Barlow, a Pinkerton agent who goes undercover as an outlaw to infiltrate the Reno brothers gang. A tried and true plot very familiar to anybody who's seen many of the cheap westerns of the '30s. What helps this some is the fine cast. Scott's solid as ever but doesn't show up until twenty minutes in. The brothers are played by J. Carrol Naish, Forrest Tucker, Myron Healey, and Denver Pyle as the law-abiding one. Edgar Buchanan, Ray Teal, and Kenneth Tobey also have supporting roles. Beautiful Mala Powers plays Scott's love interest.

The Reno brothers were real-life outlaws. Their story is loosely told here mixed with the formula plot about the undercover agent who falls in love with the outlaws' sister. It's all pretty standard stuff. The Reno brothers story would be told again the following year in Elvis Presley's film debut, Love Me Tender. That movie was even more historically inaccurate than this one.


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