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Rage at Dawn (1955)

Approved  |   |  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 ...
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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William Peterson: They're shrewd, those Renos, and vicious. Control the whole county in southern Indiana. Judge, prosecutor, constable - all on their side! Renos had 'em elected.
Monk Claxton: I still wonder how a thing like that could happen.
William Peterson: Well, people who have had freedom for as long as we've had sometimes take it for granted. Come election day, they're lazy, or callous. Same thing. However, it's done. Our job is to get it undone.
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Better than average Western
21 October 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is more than twenty minutes into the movie before its star Randolph Scott makes his appearance and his lean craggy presence gives a decided lift to proceedings .He plays an undercover agent sent to pose as a train robber and infiltrate the Reno brothers gang who -aided by corrupt local officials -are wreaking havoc in Indiana .He then persuades the gang to embark on a train robbery with a view to entrapping them . The script is by the cult pulp crime novelist Horace McCoy and is based on a story by another feted pulpster ,Frank Gruber, and it is slick and efficient with solid performance from a sturdy supporting cast which includes dependable performers like Forrest Tucker ,and J Carroll Naish as two of the Reno brothers Handsome photography and the brisk direction of Tim Whelan are distinct assets and the historically accurate finale ends proceedings on a gritty and powerful note as frontier justice takes over from the rule of law .

A good little movie which Western devotees will like


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