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Day of the Outlaw (1959)

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Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow.


(as Andre De Toth)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Blaise Starrett
Jack Bruhn
Helen Crane
Alan Marshal ...
Hal Crane
Venetia Stevenson ...
Ernine, Vic's Daughter
Gene, Bruhn's Gang
Dan, Starret's Foreman
Jack Lambert ...
Tex (Bruhn's gang)
Denver, Bruhn's Gang (as Frank deKova)
Lance Fuller ...
Pace, Bruhn's Gang
Larry Teter (town barber) (as Elisha Cook)
Doc Langer, Veterinarian
Betsy Jones-Moreland ...
Mrs. Preston (as Betsey Jones-Moreland)
Helen Westcott ...
Vic, General Store Owner


Cowboys and ranchers have to put their differences aside when a gang of outlaws, led by army captain Jack Bruhn, decide to spend the night in a little Western town. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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July 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Sound)

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1.85 : 1
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Hal Crane: I'll fight for what I believe, Mr. Starrett. I'll die if i have to, but I'll fight. I want you to know that.
Blaise Starrett: You got a big mouth, farmer. You got big eyes, too. You came here a year ago in your broken down wagon looking for a choice spot to settle and you think you found it. But you never stopped to think what made it such a good place. When Dan and I came here, Bitters was a nesting place for every thief and killer in the territory. A man's life wasn't worth the price of a bullet. No woman was...
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Good potboiler!
26 August 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Watched this Andre De Toth western last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Robert Ryan did a nice job and I liked Burl Ives as the heavy. Lots of interesting tension for what seemed to be a pretty low-budget feature. The combination of this tension and some melodramatic elements made the film very entertaining(and kind oddly of funny at times). It does seem to have a more noirish, fatalistic feeling to it than most westerns-which was great. Too bad it's not on vhs or anything(all De Toth's films should be!!), but I'm sure TCM will air it again.

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