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Dawn at Socorro (1954)

Approved | | Action, Music, Romance | 26 November 1954 (UK)
Gunfighter Brett Wade, diagnosed with tuberculosis, tries to get out of his former life while helping a young woman.

Director:

George Sherman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Calhoun ... Brett Wade
Piper Laurie ... Rannah Hayes
David Brian ... Dick Braden
Kathleen Hughes ... Clare
Alex Nicol ... Jimmy Rapp
Edgar Buchanan ... Sheriff Cauthen
Mara Corday ... Letty Diamond
Roy Roberts ... Doc Jameson
Skip Homeier ... Buddy Ferris
James Millican ... Marshal Harry McNair
Lee Van Cleef ... Earl Ferris
Stanley Andrews ... Old Man Ferris
Richard Garland Richard Garland ... Tom Ferris
Scott Lee Scott Lee ... Deputy Vince McNair
Paul Brinegar ... Desk Clerk
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Storyline

Brett Wade, gambler, gunslinger, and classical pianist, is wounded in a gunfight with the Ferris clan; the doctor finds signs of tuberculosis. En route to Colorado for his health, Brett stops in Socorro, New Mexico along with Ferris gunfighter Jimmy Rapp. Sheriff Couthen fears another shootout, but what Brett has in mind is saving waif-with-a-past Rannah Hayes from a life as one of Dick Braden's saloon girls. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Story of THE NOTORIOUS BRETT WADE LAST OF THE FRONTIER GAMBLERS! (original half-sheet poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Vengeance à l'aube See more »

Filming Locations:

Apple Valley, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Goofs

The monochrome brown of the outside scenery seen from inside the stagecoach through the windows during the ride does not match the colored external scenery as shown from outside the stagecoach, proving that the studio used old black & white stock footage that was tinted brown to disguise its black & white origins. See more »

Quotes

Brett Wade: Allow me to introduce myself.
Rannah Hayes: I know who you are.
Brett Wade: By reputation?
Rannah Hayes: No, by your notoriety.
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Referenced in Bowser Makes a Movie (2005) See more »

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Always Younger
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Music by Henry Mancini
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Nice mixed salad of a western
1 November 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Rory Calhoun is a world weary and consumptive gunfighter who just would like to hang up his six shooter, but a whole passel of enemies he's made over the years just won't let him quit. A little bit of Gunfight at the OK Corral and The Gunfighter tossed together.

After a shootout in one town he arrives by stage to Socorro where Sheriff Edgar Buchanan wants to get him out of town before any more blood is spilled on his turf. But Calhoun lingers and lingers, impressed by the beauty of Piper Laurie who he's ridden to town with on the stage.

It's a good B western, directed by a veteran of that genre, George Sherman. Sherman keeps the action going at a good clip and the cast knows their way around a western set.

Dawn at Socorro was probably a B feature that didn't bore too many people who went to see the A picture from Universal it was playing with.


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