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Day of the Outlaw (1959)

 -  Western  -  July 1959 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

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
Jack Lambert ...
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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Watch What Happens To The Woman...Watch The West Explode! See more »

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Western

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July 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Sound)

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1.85 : 1
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At numerous times when they are going through the mountains, it is obvious that the horses are walking in plowed trenches. 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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Fresh enough to merit a watch
17 May 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I must admit up front that I am not a huge fan of Westerns and the biggest reason I watched this film was because it had Robert Ryan in it. For some time, I have thought that Ryan was one of the best "unknown" actors, as he appeared and even starred in quite a few films but most people today have no idea who he was. My admiration for him is because he looked a lot like an ordinary guy (since he wasn't overly handsome) but despite this, his performances always seemed so realistic. He really was a heck of a good actor and his work in this film is no exception.

DAY OF THE OUTLAW isn't a great Western but it is different enough from the average film that it seems fresh enough to merit watching. What I particularly liked is how the first 15 minutes or so of the film turned out to be not at all directly related to where the film went next. Not knowing the plot, this really took me off guard--and I like when a film isn't easy to predict.

I also liked the idea of a gang of thugs invading and holding a town hostage--though this idea has been done before in Westerns (FIRECREEK) and non-Westerns (THE WILD ONE). What made this one stand out more from the others is that this group wasn't just bad in the usual sense, they were moral degenerates--rapists and sadists, not just socipaths or thieves. Plus, the idea of a strong but wounded leader (Burl Ives) trying to control these sick freaks was fascinating--as was the final showdown.

All in all, a very good film and one you should try to find due to its intelligent script and excellent acting.

By the way, one reviewer said they felt Burl Ives was wrong for the part since in real life he was a nice-guy folk singer. Well, with gritty previous roles in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF and THE BIG COUNTRY, I would certainly have to disagree with the sentiment, as Ives played the heavy in movies about as often as he played a good guy.


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