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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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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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A vintage photograph shows John Reno wearing a porkpie hat. However, Myron Healey's John wears a standard cowboy hat, and it is brother Clint who's costumed in a porkpie. See more »

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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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Monk Claxton: [as Barlow comes in with something on his mind] Where have you been, Jim? What happened?
James Barlow: Several interesting things, Monk.
James Barlow: [preoccupied with the letter he's writing] Several... interesting... things...
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Well-Made Randolph Scott Vehicle
12 May 2010 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

After burning an undercover agent alive, outlaw brothers Forrest Tucker, J. Carroll Naish, and Myron Healey are infiltrated again, this time by former Confederate super-spy Randolph Scott, sent by the Peterson (Pinkerton?) Detective Agency. He ends up falling in love with the brother's pretty, law-abiding sister.

A slight cut above some of Scott's usual 1950's B-westerns (the ones not directed by Budd Boetticher), this has really good production values, entertaining heavies, as well as a script with some great hard-boiled moments and bits of nasty (for the 50's) violence. Also, you can't go wrong with Edger Buchanan as a crooked judge!

Scott gives one of his typically tough, yet upright performances, while Tucker and Naish work well together and almost steal the show as the meanest of the Reno brothers.


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