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
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Judge James Edward Scott:
It is now the obligation of this court to pass sentence. Ordinarily, in a case of this kind sentence would be simple and obvious... but in this case there seem to be conflicting issues. As many of you know there has been talk of banishment. It seems to be the will of a number of people. Mrs. Quary has asked for it and as the widow of the deceased certainly deserves consideration. A committee of the town's most respected citizens has asked for it and their opinion must carry weight with the ...
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"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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