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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
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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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SHOWDOWN AT SUNUP! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Seven Bad Men  »

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Trivia

Ten members of the Reno gang were lynched in three separate incidents in 1868. The first three were taken by vigilantes from a train. Three others were lynched at a later time. The last lynching, which included three Reno brothers, Frank, Sim, and Bill, actually claimed a fourth victim, gang member Charlie Anderson. Anderson and Frank Reno were technically in federal custody when they were lynched. This is believed to be the only time in U.S. history that a federal prisoner had ever been lynched by a mob before a trial. See more »

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Although the film shows two of the identified vigilantes were imprisoned for the crime, in reality not one of the 65 man lynch mob was ever identified or punished. See more »

Quotes

Laura Reno: [Upset t hear one of her brothers was klled in a bungled bank robbery] This time it was Bill and the next time somebody else.
John Reno: That's the way it is, Laura.
Laura Reno: It doesn't have to be.
Laura Reno: You could leave the state. You could go somewhere where nobody ever heard of the Renos.
Sim Reno: Where would that be?
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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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