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Great Day in the Morning (1956)

After a card game Southerner Owen Pentecost finds himself the owner of a Denver hotel. Involved with two women - one who came with the hotel, and one newly arrived from the East to open a ... See full summary »

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Lesser Samuels (screen play), Robert Hardy Andrews (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Virginia Mayo ... Ann Merry Alaine
Robert Stack ... Owen Pentecost
Ruth Roman ... Boston Grant
Alex Nicol ... Captain Stephen Kirby
Raymond Burr ... Jumbo Means
Leo Gordon ... Zeff Masterson
Regis Toomey ... Father Murphy
Carleton Young ... Col. Gibson (as Carlton Young)
Donald MacDonald ... Gary John Lawford
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Storyline

After a card game Southerner Owen Pentecost finds himself the owner of a Denver hotel. Involved with two women - one who came with the hotel, and one newly arrived from the East to open a dress shop - he then has to make even more fundamental choices when, with the start of the Civil War, he becomes one of a small minority in a strongly Unionist town. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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THE BUGLE BLAST that echoed thru history!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skrupellos See more »

Filming Locations:

Silverton, Colorado, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

In this pre Civil War tale two Secret Service agents discuss the probability of war breaking out. The Secret Service was created after the Civil War. See more »

Quotes

Zeff Masterson: Where are you from, mister? Georgia? Louisiana?
Owen Pentecost: North Carolina.
Zeff Masterson: Just as bad. I can smell a Southerner a mile off. Smell I don't like. Nor the breed. High and godly, slave-trading, slave-beating rebel secessionists. Not fit to live, none of you. Sorry we saved your worthless hide.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In that part of our country which we know today as Colorado, the Indians fought the white man for possession of the land and the white men fought each other for the same land.

It was a small but bloody rehearsal for the War Between the States which was soon to follow. It had its patriots and its profiteers, its quiet heroes and its noisy flag wavers.

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Soundtracks

Bonnie Blue Flag
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Music taken from traditional Irish marching song
Lyrics by Harry McCarthy (1861)
Passages integrated into the score
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15 June 2008 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Southerner Robert Stack wins a Denver saloon and bar girl (Ruth Roman) from crooked card dealer Raymond Burr on eve of Civil War. Trouble is that southerners are outnumbered in Union-leaning Colorado and need Stack's help to get big gold shipment to Dixie and the war effort. But Stack's only out for himself and is now in fat city with a saloon and a girl. So what's he going to do.

Good core plot, great Colorado scenery, ace director (Jacques Tourneur), and an A-picture budget, yet the results are mixed. For one thing, it looks like Stack's getting the big star build-up since he has to romance not only bar girl Roman but good girl Virginia Mayo too. That's about one girl too many for even the best Western. Here Mayo's part is really unnecessary and drags down the pacing. Besides, do we really care which movie star he ends up with. Still and all, it's fun to watch the girls' bra's duke it out in best 1950's uplift fashion. Also, subplot of orphaned boy (Donald McDonald) adds to what becomes a sprawling story that strays too far from the solid core.

Nonetheless, the cold-eyed Stack makes for a convincing gunman, while no movie with character great Leo Gordon could be a loss. Here he's in a typical role as a Union rowdy ready to fight at the proverbial drop of a hat. He's always reminded me of an early Lee Marvin, with the same virile presence and clarity of personality, but without Marvin's range. Also notable for fine support from the hulking Peter Whitney, a familiar Hollywood face for many years. His quiet scene with Stack remains the film's most intelligent and powerful.

The movie was made during that period when Hollywood had not yet learned to live with TV. Note that even budget-minded RKO comes up with a wide-screen process to show off the spectacular scenery that can't be done on TV. I expect the competition also accounts for the star-heavy treatment that ultimately crowds the plot and slows down events. But with a tighter script and leaner casting, this could have been a first-rate Western, especially considering the wonderfully done final scene.


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