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16 May 1956 (USA) See more »
THE BUGLE BLAST that echoed thru history!
After a card game Southerner Owen Pentecost finds himself the owner of a Denver hotel. Involved with two women - one who came with the hotel... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Virginia Mayo ... Ann Merry Alaine

Robert Stack ... Owen Pentecost

Ruth Roman ... Boston Grant

Alex Nicol ... Captain Stephen Kirby

Raymond Burr ... Jumbo Means

Leo Gordon ... Zeff Masterson

Regis Toomey ... Father Murphy

Carleton Young ... Col. Gibson (as Carlton Young)

Donald MacDonald ... Gary John Lawford
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lane Chandler ... Northern Loyalist (uncredited)

Ben Corbett ... Townsman (uncredited)

Duke Fishman ... Miner (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Barfly (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Barfly (uncredited)

Mitchell Kowall ... Mower - Northern Loyalist (uncredited)

Pierce Lyden ... Cowboy (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Southern Sympathizer (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ... Saloon Waiter (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Barfly (uncredited)

Dennis Moore ... Townsman (uncredited)

Burt Mustin ... Doctor (uncredited)

William Phipps ... Ralston (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Bartender (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Barfly (uncredited)

Syd Saylor ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Miner (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Barfly (uncredited)

George Wallace ... Jack Lawford (uncredited)

Dan White ... Rogers (uncredited)
Peter Whitney ... Phil the Cannibal (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Tourneur 
Writing credits
Lesser Samuels 

Robert Hardy Andrews (novel)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... producer
Original Music by
Leith Stevens 
Cinematography by
William E. Snyder (director of photography) (as William Snyder)
Film Editing by
Harry Marker 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling 
Makeup Department
Larry Butterworth .... makeup artist
Annabell Levy .... hair stylist
Production Management
Cliff P. Broughton .... production supervisor (as Cliff Broughton)
John Burch .... unit manager (as John E. Burch)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James E. Casey .... assistant director
Sound Department
Walter Elliott .... sound effects
John C. Grubb .... sound
Terry Kellum .... sound
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Edmund Grainger .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Anachronisms: In this pre Civil War tale two Secret Service agents discuss the probability of war breaking out. The Secret Service was created after the Civil War.See more »
Jumbo Means:He'll rob you blind, him and that cheatin' woman of his. I know her like a book.
Boston Grant:You never got past the cover, elephant boy.
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Great , stand-out Western , perfectly acted and compellingly shot by a nice craftsman , Jacques Tourneur, 10 December 2015
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

¨Great day in the morning¨ is well starred by Robert Stack dealing with facing off between Union and Confederation . This excellent , meaty Western contains interesting plot , thrills , brawls , shoot'em up and turns out to be quite entertaining . This outstanding Tourneur Western balances action , suspense and drama . Set in Colorado territory , during the early days of the American Civil war (1861-1865) . Circa 1861 , a stranger Southerner named Owen Pentecost (Robert Stack) arrives in a town , Denver , (Colorado) where he takes on a real villain and falls in love for two women . There the powerful owner (Raymond Burr) gives him an opportunity to a big card game and our Southern gunslinger finds himself equally interested in the two local ladies . The former gunfighter turned hotel manager meets a motley group of characters : Ann Merry Alaine (Virginia Mayo) , one newly arrived from the East to open a dress shop , ¨The wildcat¨ (Ruth Roman) , when she couldn't outshoot a man she used other weapons , a Northern spy (Alex Nicol) and the relentless killer (Leo Gordon) who liked to play with lives . And of course , ¨The land baron¨ (Raymond Burr) , the owned the town hotel , hardware , lock , livestock and gun barrel . And Pentecost , then , has to make even more essential choices when , with the start of the Civil War , seeks justice and at the same time attempts to transport some supplies to Confederation . As the rebel sympathizer and two Northern spies -Col. Gibson (Carleton Young) , Captain Stephen Kirby (Alex Nicol)- are both after Colorado gold to help finance the Civil War . At the end takes place the bugle blast that echoed thru history , including a pretty spectacular pursuit between Union cavalry and Confederated wagons .

Rip roarin' and moving Western set in Denver in which a Southern adventurer turned hotel manager and gets into many problems . This grand Western in the tradition of ¨Red River¨ and ¨High Noon¨ contains an intelligent writing , emotion , violence , go riding , double crosses , crossfire and results to be quite enjoyable . It's a classic recounting about an upright man seeking justice and attempting to execute the Confederate purports , as he becomes one of a small minority in a strongly Unionist town . The public likes big Westerns and here to satisfy them is a big adventure , starring big box office favorites of the 50s , Virginia Mayo , Robert Stack , Ruth Roman , with the kind of high pitched excitement that pay off . The traditional story and exciting screenplay by Lesser Samuels being based on the novel written by Robert Hardy Andrews . Here filmmaker Tourneur gets a good Western by showing a great command of mood and atmosphere . Top-notch Robert Stack as Pentecost who finds himself the owner of a Denver hotel and becomes involved with two women , as well as magnificent Raymond Burr as a proud baron land who seeks vengeance . Support cast is frankly excellent such as Alex Nicol , Leo Gordon , Donald MacDonald , Carleton Young and Regis Toomey . Thrilling and atmospheric musical score by Leith Stevens . Colorful cinematography in Technicolor -photographed in Ansco Color by Pathe- by director of photography William Snyder .

This is another superbly powerful triumph from RKO and producer Edmund Grainger who brought other Westerns as Cimarron , The Sheepman , The Treasure of Pancho Villa , The Fabulous Texan and Wild Bill Hickok Rides . It is probably one of the best Western in the fifties and sixties . The motion picture was decently directed by Jacques Tourneur . Born in Paris , Tourneur went to Hollywood with his father , director Maurice Tourneur around 1913 . Jacques directed all kinds of genres , he was an expert on Noir cinema , such as the classic ¨Out of the past¨ and ¨Nightfall¨(1956) ; Suspense : ¨Experiment perilous¨(1945) , ¨Berlin Express¨ (48) , ¨The Fearmakers¨ (1958) ; Peplum : ¨The giant of Marathon¨ (60) ; Wartime : ¨Days of glory¨ (1943) and adventures as ¨Flame and the arrow¨ , ¨Timbuktu¨ , ¨Appointment in Honduras¨,¨Way of a Gaucho¨ , ¨Anne of the Indies¨, ¨City under the sea¨ ; but he was best known for his terror cinema with producer Val Lewton such as ¨Cat people¨ , ¨Leopard man¨, ¨I walked with a Zombie¨, ¨Night of demon¨ and an amusing horror/comedy : ¨The Comedy of Terrors¨. He went on to direct masterpieces in many different genres and in Western he made various films : The masterpiece titled ¨Canyon passage¨(1946) , ¨Mission of Danger¨ , ¨Frontier Rangers¨ , ¨Strange on horseback¨ (1955) , ¨Star in my Crown¨ (1956) with Joel McCrea , ¨Wichita¨(1955) equally with Joel McCrea as Wyatt Earp formerly to OK Corral duel and this one . He finally directed episodes of ¨Norhwest passage¨ (1958) titled Frontier Rangers , Fury River and Mission of danger . ¨Great day in the morning¨ rating : Well worth watching and it will appeal to Virginia Mayo fans .

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