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Day of the Badman (1958)

Judge Jim Scott must contend with the vicious relatives of a murderer he's about to sentence...and his unfaithful fiancee.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Judge Jim Scott
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Myra Owens
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Sheriff Barney Wiley
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Charlie Hayes
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Cora Johnson
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Sam Wyckoff
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Andrew Owens
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Howard Hayes
Peggy Converse ...
Mrs. Quary
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Silas Mordigan
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Martha Mordigan
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Jake Hayes
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Mr. Slocum
Christopher Dark ...
Rudy Hayes
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Deputy Floyd
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Storyline

The vicious Hayes clan amble into town on the day Judge Jim Scott is expected to sentence murderer Rudy Hayes to hang. Scott, who doesn't wear a gun, seems unconcerned and businesslike, even when Charlie Hayes makes an explicit death threat against him. But the townsfolk start wondering how much bloodshed one hanging is worth. Complicating factor: the sheriff, Scott's chief ally, is also the secret lover of Scott's fiancee Myra... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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HE TURNED KILLER...for one day! See more »

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7 February 1958 (Ireland)  »

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Decision at Durango  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Feb. 1958, this film was in wide distribution on a double bill with The Girl Most Likely (1958) starring Jane Powell. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Barney Wiley: I wouldn't want to be singled out as the man who hanged Rudy.
Judge James Edward Scott: That seems to be a distinction they reserve for me.
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Too much like "High Noon".
21 March 2006 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"High Noon" inspired many westerns, which I think was very positive, it created a new style. "3.10 To Yuma", "The Fastest Gun Alive", "Warlock" and even the most recent "The Quick and the Dead" all take something from "High Noon". However "Day of the Bad Man" , takes too much, it is like you are seeing a new version of "High Noon". Fred McMurray is the judge instead of being the sheriff, Joan Weldon has the same part as Grace Kelly, Marie Windsor is Katy Jurado, John Ericson is Lloyd Bridges and Lee Van Cleef is himself because he was on both films. "Day of the Bad Men" is an average western, it has good actors, good direction, and would have been much better if it would not be so predictable.


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