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Rage at Dawn (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, 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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Monk Claxton
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Western

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Clint Reno: So it finally happened. A Reno brother got killed.
Sim Reno: Clint, we don't want no preaching.
Frank Reno: Take it easy, Sim.
Clint Reno: The baby of the family dying in the streets and his brave brothers running away. Not even animals would do a thing like that!
John Reno: Dead in the streets... not dying.
Clint Reno: As if that made a difference!
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Formula Scott Western
13 June 2001 | by (Montclair, N.J.) – See all my reviews

Any movie that has J. Carroll Naish as a cowboy can't be all bad (he's good) and pros like Kenneth Tobey and Edgar Buchanon have a certain "authenticity" that benefits a western. Forrest Tucker could be a good guy or a bad guy as the occasion demanded. Here, he's in his nasty, bad guy mode, pumping lead at people and even burning an informer alive. Tucker heads a gang of notorious robbers, including three of his brothers, that owns the corrupt lawmen of one Indiana county. In order to undo them, Randolph Scott, a resourceful spy, must be infiltrated into the gang. To complicate matters, Tucker and Naish's sister, who disapproves of their illegal ways, falls in love with Scott but is disillusioned when he appears to be an outlaw like them. Almost everything (there is a slight surprise at the end) works out as one would expect. Scott's presence carried many a mediocre western and, with interesting actors supporting him, it happens here but don't expect anything more than variations on a familiar theme.


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