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Day of the Outlaw (1959)

Approved | | Western | July 1959 (USA)
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.

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(as Andre De Toth)

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(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Blaise Starrett
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Jack Bruhn
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Helen Crane
Alan Marshal ...
Hal Crane
Venetia Stevenson ...
Ernine, Vic's Daughter
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Gene, Bruhn's Gang
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Dan, Starret's Foreman
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Tex (Bruhn's gang)
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Denver, Bruhn's Gang (as Frank deKova)
Lance Fuller ...
Pace, Bruhn's Gang
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Larry Teter (town barber) (as Elisha Cook)
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Doc Langer, Veterinarian
Betsy Jones-Moreland ...
Mrs. Preston (as Betsey Jones-Moreland)
Helen Westcott ...
Vivian
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Vic, General Store Owner
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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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Out of the blizzard they came... the most feared killers who ever took over a town - and its women! See more »

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July 1959 (USA)  »

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Tag der Gesetzlosen  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Sound)

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the town there are puddles of water when everything else is frozen. See more »

Quotes

Vic, General Store Owner: I don't hold for killin'.
Blaise Starrett: You don't have to... as long as you got somebody to do it for you.
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Referenced in The Great Silence (1968) See more »

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It may be snowy white, but it's certainly dark.
6 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Cowboys and ranchers must stick together when a gang of outlaws ride into town intent on causing trouble and abusing the town. Even tho their leader, ex army Captain, Jack Bruhn has them under some sort of control, salvation may have to come from the moody Blaise Starrett, who has his own secret agenda to deal with.

Day Of The Outlaw {poor title not befitting the quality of the film} is directed by André De Toth {Ramrod, Crime Wave & House of Wax} and stars Robert Ryan, Burl Ives & Tina Louise. Adapted from the novel written by Lee E. Wells, it's a film that is crying out to be seen by more people, especially those with an aversion to Westerns. For although grounded in Western tradition, it comes across more as a moody Noir piece, the atmosphere throughout hangs heavy like a weighted burden, with this tiny tin pot town in the snowy swept mountains photographed starkly by Russell Harlan. This is some out of the way place that nobody but its small inhabitants care about, and even those that do are probably doing so more out of ill judged loyalty to having not tasted something else before.

Robert Ryan was a terrific actor, often only mentioned when talk turns to famous pictures like The Wild Bunch & The Dirty Dozen, but it's with performances like here, or The Set-Up & Crossfire, that he really puts a depth and critical layers to his talent. Burl Ives is also great, his weary and scarred Bruhn is almost in empathy with Starrett and the townsfolk, so much so, we are never quite sure just how this picture will end. Tina Louise rounds out the leads, and apart from being an incredibly sexy woman, she does some great facial acting here, one sequence as the outlaws demand dances with the ladies is laden with a vile undercurrent, with Louise perfectly portraying the threat with acting gravitas. With astute directing and acting to match the almost sombre soaked story, Day Of The Outlaw comes highly recommended to fans of atmospheric enveloped cinema. 9/10


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