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Rage at Dawn (1955)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 2 June 1955 (USA)
A special agent from Chicago is sent out west to bring in the notorious Reno brothers.

Director:

Tim Whelan

Writers:

Horace McCoy (screenplay), Frank Gruber (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... James Barlow
Forrest Tucker ... Frank Reno
Mala Powers ... Laura Reno
J. Carrol Naish ... Simeon 'Sim' Reno
Edgar Buchanan ... Judge
Myron Healey ... John Reno
Howard Petrie ... Lattimore - Prosecuting Attorney
Ray Teal ... Sheriff of Seymour
William Forrest ... William Peterson
Denver Pyle ... Clint Reno
Trevor Bardette ... Fisher
Kenneth Tobey ... Monk Claxton
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Storyline

Terrorizing 1866 Indiana, the Reno brothers gang uses the town of Seymour as a safe haven, paying off three crooked town officials. Sent in to clean up the gang is Peterson Detective Agency operative James Barlow, who poses as an outlaw to gain the confidence of the officials and the thick-headed brothers. Complicating matters are Barlow's feelings for the Reno sister, Laura, who reluctantly keeps house for the boys out of family loyalty. Events heat up and rage surfaces as Barlow sets up the gang in a dawn train robbery. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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SHOWDOWN AT SUNUP! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Bad Men See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nat Holt Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1:37
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Trivia

The part of the honest Reno brother Clint was played by Denver Pyle. One year later Elvis Presley made his film debut playing the same character in Love Me Tender (1956). See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set in the Midwestern state of Indiana, the opening sequence shows a desert landscape and the kind of towering buttes found in the Southwest--e.g., Utah and Arizona--and not on the flat prairies of Indiana. See more »

Quotes

Frank Reno: [Riding up moments after watching Barlow flirting with Laura Reno] You aimin' on gettin' yourself killed?
James Barlow: On the contrary. I was just planning my future.
Frank Reno: I don't like you, Barlow. Don't like you a'tall. But I admire guts.
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Connections

Edited into Six Gun Theater: Rage at Dawn (2015) See more »

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Above-average Western, except for location
18 August 2006 | by rlquallSee all my reviews

This is a well-cast, well-directed, tightly-scripted film (only 87 minutes). The cast is amazing for what had to be a fairly low budget RKO picture from the mid-1950's; Randolph Scott was an established star while Forrest Tucker, J. Carrol Naish, and Denver Pyle were all established, talented Western performers and Edgar Buchanan was one of the best Western character actors of all time. What hurts the movie severely and is its major flaw is the setting. Nothing about one single shot of the film looks anything like Southern Indiana or anywhere else in the Midwest, and exactly like California, where it was actually shot. This lack of authenticity is distracting, in some scenes more than others, but never completely destroys the fine performances. Like some of the others, I would like to know more about the historical Reno Brothers and how closely this film represents their true story; I'm sure that it's somewhat closer than Elvis' ''Love Me Tender'', which is about the same topic and came out the next year.


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