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City of Bad Men (1953)

Approved | | Western | 20 October 1953 (USA)
After six years spent in Mexico a penniless Brett Stanton and his gang return to Carson City intending to make a quick dishonest buck.

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Harmon Jones
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jeanne Crain ... Linda Culligan
Dale Robertson ... Brett Stanton
Richard Boone ... John Ringo
Lloyd Bridges ... Gar Stanton
Carole Mathews ... Cynthia London
Carl Betz ... Deputy Phil Ryan
Whitfield Connor ... Jim London
Hugh Sanders ... Sheriff Bill Gifford
Rodolfo Acosta ... Joe Mendoza
Pascual García Peña Pascual García Peña ... Pig
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Outlaw Brett Stanton and his gang, which includes his brother, Gar,ride into Carson City, Nevada, which is filled with people who have come there from all over to see the Heavyweight Championship prizefight between James J. "Gentleman Jim" Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons. Broke and disgruntled, the gang asks Bret what he intends to do, and he tells them he is planning the biggest haul they have ever made. But gangs led by Johnny Ringo and Bob Thraikill are also in town with plans of their own, and no intention of abiding by Brett's plan. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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You Ride into Carson City AT THE HEIGHT OF ITS GUN-SLINGING GLORY ON THE EVE OF THE CORBETT-FITZSIMMONS FIGHT! (original poster) See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fight Town See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$740,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Leo Gordon. See more »

Goofs

The promotional banner above the main street states "Welshman Bob Fitzsimmons". He was in fact a Cornishman.* See more »

Quotes

Brett Stanton: Stewpot, you still look as tough as the meat you cook.
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Featured in Graceland: O-Mouth (2013) See more »

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Traces of Civilization
13 June 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

City Of Bad Men is Carson City, Nevada and that frontier town which was just beginning to show traces of civilization in 1897 is the host to the title defense of the heavyweight championship by James J. Corbett against the Cornish blacksmith Bob Fitzsimmons. There's lots of action outside the ring as well as three different gangs of outlaws all have plans to rob the proceeds of the fight.

The gangs are led by Dale Robertson, Richard Boone, and Dan Haggerty. Robertson is actually from the area and reestablishes himself with Jeanne Crain, the girl he left behind. But Robertson took her younger brother with him who got killed and she's not forgiving.

Robertson is like John Wayne in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance who is a man of the west, but knows the day of six gun law is coming to a close. In fact some of the themes of Liberty Valance are explored here with a different twist.

With the law closing in on the gangs there's more action outside the ring than inside where history records the tough blacksmith from Cornwall wore down the champion from San Francisco and knocked him out.

Of performances to note one would definitely be that Lloyd Bridges as Robertson's younger and wilder brother.

City Of Bad Men weaves a nice western tale into the most famous day Carson City, Nevada ever saw.


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