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Director:
Writers:
Charles Lang (screenplay)
Vernon L. Fluharty (from a story by)
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Release Date:
10 November 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Big showdown coming up ! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(4 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Randolph Scott ... Bart Allison
John Carroll ... Tate Kimbrough

Karen Steele ... Lucy Summerton
Valerie French ... Ruby James

Noah Beery Jr. ... Sam (as Noah Beery)
John Archer ... Dr. John Storrow

Andrew Duggan ... Sheriff Swede Hansen
James Westerfield ... Otis

John Litel ... Charles Summerton

Ray Teal ... Morley Chase

Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Baldwin

Richard Deacon ... Reverend Zaron

H.M. Wynant ... Spanish
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Chase ... Morley's Henchman (uncredited)
Bill Clark ... Morley's Henchman (uncredited)
Abel Fernandez ... Pete (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Barfly (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Stage Passenger (uncredited)
Signe Hack ... Stage Passenger (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Buggy Driver (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ... Shotgun Guard (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Morley's Henchman (uncredited)
Shirley Jocelyn ... Lillian (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Townsman (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Townsman (uncredited)
Pierce Lyden ... Morley's Henchman (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Townsman in Church (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Morley's Henchman (uncredited)

Bob Steele ... Irv (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Abe (uncredited)
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Directed by
Budd Boetticher 
 
Writing credits
Charles Lang (screenplay) (as Charles Lang Jr.)

Vernon L. Fluharty (from a story by)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... producer
Randolph Scott .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld 
 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle  (as Frank A. Tuttle)
 
Makeup Department
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Bob Meading .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
Henry Kline .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
Jean G. Valentino .... sound (as Jean Valentino)
Win Hancock .... recordist (uncredited)
Donald Harris .... sound editor (uncredited)
John H. Newman .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Crosby .... still photographer (uncredited)
Andrew J. McIntyre .... camera operator (uncredited)
James Saper .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harvey Gerhard .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Iva Walters .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Heinz Roemheld .... conductor
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Breen .... assistant to producer
Henri Jaffa .... Technicolor color consultant
John Hubbard .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Frances McDowell .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
77 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1958) | Norway:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (tv rating) (video rating) (2007) | USA:Approved (certificate #18651) | West Germany:12
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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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Anachronisms: Several coils of rope hanging in the barn where Scott is trapped are secured with modern tape.See more »
Quotes:
Sam:You just stood up in church and told Kinbriugh you was goin' to kill him? Bart, you must be plum crazy!
Bart Allison:I'm doin' this my own way, Sam. For three years I've hunted Kimbrough, but he didn't know it. Before I settle with him, I want him to know he's bein' hunted.
Sam:[after a bullet shot through the window whistles near Sam's head] You ain't huntin' him no more. He's huntin' you.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) (TV)See more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Decision or Decisions at Sundown?, 10 March 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

This often ignored Randy Scott western, directed by Budd Boetticher, plays almost as a dark comedy at times, though that is not the intent of the director or the writers. Scott, fine actor he was, makes every line count, enunciating effectively for full impact. He and his long-time pal--it's hinted they served together in the Confederacy during the Civil War--meet up just outside a town appropriately named Sundown. Bart Allison (Randy Scott) points his rifle at the stagecoach drivers after forcing them to let him off and tells them to get going because he and his friend Sam (Noah Beery Jr.), who just showed up to give him his horse, are headed a different direction. No sooner do they reach Sundown than they make enemies and friends by letting it be known that they do not like the groom in a wedding that's about to take place. When asked by the justice of the peace if anyone has a reason why the wedding shouldn't take place, Allison warns the groom that he is going to kill him. Then all Hell breaks loose. Allison and Sam run to the livery stable and hold up there for a large part of the movie. In the process Allison learns more than he wants to know about his deceased wife whose death he blames on the erstwhile groom.

The groom Tate Kimbrough (John Carroll) controls Sundown and the law. John Carroll was sort of a poor man's Clark Gable. Usually his acting was somewhat mediocre but when given the right part he could make it shine. One of his best roles was in the B western "Old Los Angeles" starring Wild Bill Elliott where he played a two-faced gunslinger who wormed his way to the top. Carroll does a topnotch job in "Decision at Sundown" in particular toward the end when he's determined to face Allison rather than be run out of town. The cast, made up of many film veterans such as Bob Steele, John Litel (Nancy Drew's father), Ray Teal, and Guy Wilkerson, makes a good showing. Karen Steele, who plays the frustrated bride, turns in a good performance, especially when she confronts Allison in the livery stable.

The title "Decision at Sundown" is a bit misleading. Really it should be "Decisions at Sundown," because the crux of the story centers on the denizens of the little community making their on decisions rather than be at the mercy of Tate Kimbrough and his henchmen. Yet even Kimbrough must make a momentous decision. At times the decisions made are deadly ones, such as when Sam decides to tell Allison the truth about his wife. THE decision of the title refers to Allison's. Or is it indecision? That depends on how the viewer interprets Allison's motives and moves. What he finally decides is probably the only way out for him. The best decisions are made by the citizens of Sundown. Allison and Sam serve merely as catalysts

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