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Dawn at Socorro (1954)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 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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LAST OF THE FRONTIER GAMBLERS! (original ad - all caps)

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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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:

Mono (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

Sheriff Cauthen: Tell you what I'm gonna do, Wade. The minute I get you on the train, I'm going home to finish a quart of bourbon and go to bed. But until then I'm go to stay awake, sober... and nervous.
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Connections

Featured in Red Sundown (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Do the Oo La La
(uncredited)
Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter
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Definitely One for the Must-See List!
12 September 2012 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Despite the director's odd decision to over-use close-ups (maybe he anticipated a quick sale to TV), Dawn at Socorro turns out to be one of the more interesting westerns of 1954. In the U.K., the movie was even released as an "A" feature. Perhaps Universal's exchanges in other countries thought that the cast offered no box office lure. While it's true that Kathleen Hughes is confined to a disappointingly small role, the equally lovely Mara Corday is given a decent innings for once; the Alex Nichol character is intriguingly conceived and played; and I loved David Brian's lecherous saloon proprietor, even if he does rather let hate go to his head. Lee Van Cleef is also on hand, plus Skip Homeier, James Millican and Edgar Buchanan. Perhaps even more importantly, the movie offers scads of action with splendid stuntwork. And it's not only expansively produced in attractive color with arresting real locations backgrounds, but it features dialogue that is much blunter than we expect from the censor-ridden mid-1950s. So, despite the Kathleen Hughes disappointment, Dawn at Socorro is most definitely a film to add to the must-see list!


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