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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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A Day You'll Never Forget! See more »

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Western

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July 1959 (USA)  »

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Tag der Gesetzlosen  »

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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

Blaise Starrett: The trail ends in this town. There's no place to go but back.
Jack Bruhn: The trail back is closed.
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Where's the Snow Plow
5 August 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Underrated Western with some genuinely unusual features. As a long-time fan of Westerns, I've seen only a handful hardy enough to film in the mountains in winter. But the results here are riveting, especially in grainy b&w. Those bleak snow-scapes with the horses trying to plow across are a rare glimpse of trail blazing before the 4-lane highway. The toll on man and beast must have been excruciating. Those memorable scenes are, I believe, the movie's high point, and to the credit of the producers, I could spot only one minor exterior set to break the continuity. Then too, the weather-beaten town looks authentic as heck. I just wish IMDb had been able to identify the locations so I'll know where not to winter hike.

Unusual too is the absence of a good-guy hero. The two leads, Ryan and Ives, are both strong characters, but with a wobbly moral compass that wavers somewhere between low- down meaness and high-type nobility. In short, you never know what they're going to do. That makes for two interesting non-stereotypes to drive the plot. I expect one reason the film was passed over by critics is because of sexpot Tina Louise as an audience draw. Known more for her Amazonian measurements than her acting skills, she nevertheless does well enough here, while watching her get bounced around the dance floor, hair flying, is not anything you'll see her Ginger do on TV's Gilligan's Island. Speaking of vintage TV, there's Ozzie & Harriet's elder son David as a good kid who's fallen in with the wrong crowd, and a teenage Venetia Stevenson who looks and sounds more like a malt shop than a frontier town. Somehow, you just know they'll end up together.

Nonetheless, it's a payday for a lot of sturdy Hollywood veterans in supporting parts, including the always dependable Dabbs Greer and my favorite plug-ugly bad guy Jack Lambert. Then too, maybe you can figure out what Elisha Cook Jr.'s role is supposed to be, but who cares, just seeing the little fall-guy resonates across a couple of memorable Hollywood decades. And who better to manage scriptwriter Phillip Yordan's parade of shifting alliances than a central European like Andre de Toth, whose 1947 Western Ramrod remains another hidden gem. Anyhow, no movie that pits the steely Robert Ryan against the immovable Burl Ives can afford to be passed up, especially when stretched across an unusually polar landscape that still gives me the cold shivers.


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