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Rage at Dawn (1955)

Approved | | Western | 26 March 1955 (USA)
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
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Simeon 'Sim' Reno
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Judge
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John Reno
Howard Petrie ...
Lattimore - Prosecuting Attorney
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Sheriff of Seymour
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William Peterson
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Clint Reno
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Fisher
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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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The roar... the rage... of the boldest double-cross in outlaw history! See more »

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The part of the honest Reno brother Clint was played by Denver Pyle. One year later Elvis Presley made his film debut playing the same character in Love Me Tender (1956). 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: [Discussing former Confederate spy James Barlow] I'm still wondering how he got hold of so many secrets.
William Peterson: Certain generals' wives found him very charming.
Bill Peterson Jr.: Irresistible is the word, Dad. as a matter of fact, I recall...
William Peterson: Oh, I wasn't the only one who invited him to dinner. Secretary Stanton had him, too. Immodest as it may sound, man could fool Stanton and me could fool the Reno boys.
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Edited into Six Gun Theater: Rage at Dawn (2015) See more »

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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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