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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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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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Film debut of Leo Gordon. See more »

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

Quotes

Russell: Our luck has got to change sometime.
Brett Stanton: You're like a bunch of dumb cattle. You're stampeded at the sight of trouble, bawl at the first shift of wind. Our luck ain't going to change until you start acting like men.
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Three gang's a crowd in a robbery
16 August 2008 | by weezeralfalfaSee all my reviews

Offbeat, if predictable, color western of the early '50s, with a cast of big name major players. See it at YouTube, at present(2018)

The plot surrounds the designs of 3 small outlaw gangs to make off with the substantial take of ticket sales and bets on the historic heavyweight bout between "Gentleman" Jim Corbet and challenger Bob Fitzsimmons in Carson City, Nevada, shortly before the turn of the century. Dale Robertson is the well-spoken tall dark and handsome leader of one of these gangs, a strong cue that he is the leading man of this yarn. The leaders of the 3 gangs and the sheriff seem all too familiar and chummy with each other to ring true. As 3 supposedly notorious outlaw gangs, one would think the sheriff would have at least one outstanding warrant against each. Instead, he offers to deputize the leaders of each, to supposedly ensure that their gangs won't pull any shenanigans during this big media event. The other 2 leaders immediately turn down this offer, but Robertson eventually accepts it and arm twists the other two very reluctant leaders to follow suit. Of course, each still plans to make off with the bonanza, together, if not alone.

Jean Crain, as the one time girlfriend of Robertson, doesn't get much screen time, despite top billing. She is the romantic object contested between Robertson and man-about-town Jim London. Crain and Robertson go back and forth several times about whether they want to hook up again, but we can guess the eventual outcome, after Robertson decides which side of the law he wants to be on.

Richard Boone plays Johnny Ringo, leader of one of the gangs. If that name sounds familiar, "the" Johnny Ringo was a notorious badman in Texas and around Tombstone, AZ, and enemy of the Earp brothers, with as much legends as facts surrounding his name. You will no doubt encounter his name occasionally in other Westerns. Since we have an exact date for the present yarn, in the fight, I can say that "the" Johnny Ringo had been in the grave for 15 years. An imposter? Lloyd Bridges plays Robertson's brother(as different in looks from Robertson as one can image brothers to be!) Lloyd doesn't buy into his brother's ambiguity as to which side of the law he wants to be on, and eventually comes to grief.

The fight itself receives minimal screen time and appears a rather dull affair. The champs look to have pitifully ordinary physiques compared to present day contenders. Could have used Errol Flynn to give the fight a bit of charisma. At least they got it right that Fitzsimmons emerged the new heavyweight champion(but reportedly only after his wife yelled a new punching strategy during a bout).


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