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Decision at Sundown (1957)

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Bart Allison and sidekick Sam arrive in the town of Sundown on the wedding day of town boss Tate Kimbrough, whom Allison blames for his wife's death years earlier.

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Bart Allison
John Carroll ...
Tate Kimbrough
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Lucy Summerton
Valerie French ...
Ruby James
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Sam (as Noah Beery)
John Archer ...
Dr. John Storrow
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Sheriff Swede Hansen
James Westerfield ...
Otis
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Charles Summerton
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Morley Chase
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Mr. Baldwin
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Reverend Zaron
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Bart Allison arrives in Sundown planning to kill Tate Kimbrough. Three years earlier he believed Kimbrough was responsible for the death of his wife. He finds Kimbrough and warns him he is going to kill him but gets pinned down in the livery stable with his friend Sam by Kimbrough's stooge Sheriff and his men. When Sam is shot in the back after being told he could leave safely, some of the townsmen change sides and disarm the Sheriff's men forcing him to face Allison alone. Taking care of the Sheriff, Allison injures his gun hand and must now face Kimbrough left-handed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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10 November 1957 (USA)  »

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At the beginning when you first see Tate Kimbrough, you can see the fingernail on his left index finger is black, indicating he bruised it at some point around filming. See more »

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Several coils of rope hanging in the barn where Scott is trapped are secured with modern tape. See more »

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Lucy Summerton: [Last lines] John, we just can't let him ride away. If it wasn't for him...
Dr. John Storrow: Yes, he changed things for everybody in town. But, unfortunately, there's nothing we can do for him. I'll tell you one thing, none of us will ever forget the day that Bart Allison spent in Sundown.
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Referenced in Budd Boetticher: An American Original (2005) See more »

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Randolph Scott's quest for misguided revenge
18 December 2008 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

This film pretty much maintains all its scenes within the town of Sunrise, where Bart Allison (Randolph Scott) and his partner Sam (Noah Beery) arrive on the day of the marriage of Tate Kimbrough (John Carroll) to Lucy Summerton (Karen Steele). As such, it lacks the scenic beauty that a lot of westerns have taken advantage of, and instead builds up the interesting story behind the vengeful character played by Scott. The town of Sunrise is under the control of Kimbrough who's marrying Lucy though his real girlfriend is Ruby James (Valerie French) who works at the saloon. The film's biggest drawback is that it's so stagey, with a drawn out gunfight where Scott and Beery are holed up in a livery stable while Kimbrough's men shoot out the windows from various strategic locations. Needless to say it's certainly not that exciting or realistic, but director Bud Boeticher did a fine job nonetheless with the pace to keep one's interest. For a western, Scott's role is quite extraordinary, and though you think all of the characters are stereotypes, the story expands enough to give them some interesting individuality.


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