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
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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The stacks of precisely-cut firewood that are often seen in the village must have been made by using C20th machinery. See more »


Helen Crane: [Dancing with Bruhn] Why did you have to do this terrible thing?
Jack Bruhn: There are things worse, ma'am, than dancing with lonely men.
Helen Crane: Please, let us go.
Jack Bruhn: Soon.
Helen Crane: Why did you have to come here?
Jack Bruhn: You should be grateful. Our coming saved the life of your husband.
Helen Crane: I don't believe Blaise would have gone through with it.
Jack Bruhn: Mrs. Crane, when my men and I leave here, there will be a showdown and you will be a widow.
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Referenced in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: The Ladder (1953) See more »

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White western
4 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent western by Andre de Toth. It is mainly remembered for its final thirty minutes,an extraordinary ride in the snow ,where the director makes the best of black and white pictures while he's filming all the tired horses ...Hell freezes over.

But the first hour is absorbing as well with its depiction of an one-horse town lost in the snow,a dead end where one never really knows which ones are prisoners and which ones are guards .The "ball ",during which the four women are really having a bad time (particularly Tina Louise)is one of the most violent scenes ever filmed in a western .And all they are doing is dancing.It has to be seen to be believed! Robert Ryan is ,as always,excellent ,as a tired blasé man who just wants to live in peace.

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