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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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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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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 »

Quotes

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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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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