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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)
User Reviews:
They wont forget the day Bart Allison came to town. See more (29 total) »

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)

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:
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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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Several coils of rope hanging in the barn where Scott is trapped are secured with modern tape.See more »
Quotes:
Sheriff Swede Hansen:You'd better leave town if you want to stay in one piece.
Bart Allison:I'll leave when I finish what I came for.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) (TV)See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
They wont forget the day Bart Allison came to town., 8 February 2009
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Bart Allison and Sam, his trusty companion, ride into Sundown looking for a guy named Tate Kimbrough. It appears that Kimbrough had a dalliance with Allison's wife some years earlier, an affair that led to the suicide of the erstwhile Mrs Allison. With revenge and hatred eating away at him, Allison will not rest until he gets his man, but his very being here in Sundown will be the catalyst for not only himself, but also every other resident of this dusky town.

Randolph Scott {Bart Allison} and director Budd Boetticher made seven very interesting, and intelligent Westerns together, each man seemingly using each one as a muse of sorts. This particular entry on their wonderful resume's is a fine testament to their winning formula, because Decision At Sundown offers up something different outside of your standard Western fare. The plot structure is for sure very basic, the man out for revenge, and the town in the grip of less than honourable men, but here our main protagonist really isn't thinking with his head. He is driven by rage and an affair of the heart, he in fact doesn't care if he lives or dies, just as long as he gets his man!. Also of interest is the effect on the town of Sundown that Allison has, it certainly lent me to think about some so called supernatural Westerns that would surface later on down the line, whilst the ending here doesn't resort to any sort of cop out formula's, it's poignant and begs for a further train of thought.

Scott is first rate as Allison, grey hair personifying the wisdom that he has lost due to his blind thirst for revenge, with a devilment glint evident in both of his eyes. Scott does an excellent line in rage and grief stricken acting, so no doubt in my mind that Randy Scott was a wonderful actor in this splendid of Western genres. Backing Scott up is Noah Beery Jr {Sam} and John Archer as Dr. John Storrow, but of the rest of the cast I personally couldn't lend too much praise for, with the main negative of note being that the villains of the piece barely get out of grumpy only territory, John Carroll {Kimbrough} and Andrew Duggan as crooked Sheriff Swede Hansen really should have gone for a more twirling moustache type villainy than the underplayed ones we actually get.

But underplayed villains be damned, this is still a hugely enjoyable picture, and one that definitely holds up on a repeat viewing. 7/10

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