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Rebel in Town (1956)

Approved | | Western | 30 July 1956 (USA)
After the Civil War, in a Yankee town five Confederates find trouble when one of them accidentally shoots a local young boy.


Alfred L. Werker (as Alfred Werker)


Danny Arnold (story and screenplay)




Cast overview:
John Payne ... John Willoughby
Ruth Roman ... Nora Willoughby
J. Carrol Naish ... Bedloe Mason
Ben Cooper ... Gray Mason
John Smith ... Wesley Mason
Ben Johnson ... Frank Mason
James Griffith ... Marshal Adam Russell
Mary Adams ... Grandma Ackstadt
Bobby Clark Bobby Clark ... Peter Willoughby
Mimi Gibson ... Lisbeth Ackstadt
Sterling Franck Sterling Franck ... Cain Mason (as Cain Mason)
Joel Ashley Joel Ashley ... Doctor
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Ex-Confederate Bedloe Mason and his four sons ride into a small Western town with robbery in mind. Hearing a suspicious "click," Wes Mason whirls and shoots dead a boy playing with a cap pistol. The Mason clan then flees but Gray Mason, feeling remorse, decides to return to the town. He winds up at the home of John and Nora Willoughby who, unknown to him, are parents of the dead boy. Nora recognizes him as one of the Confederates but keeps quiet, wishing to avoid more violence. However, when John learns of Gray's true identity, he determines to avenge his son's death. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Bedloe Mason: The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Let it go at that, no questions asked.
Gray Mason: Sounds real easy when you put it like that.
Bedloe Mason: It's not easy, son, it's just easier. A man could grow crazy if he had to have reasons for everything that happens.
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Rebel in Town
(theme song)
Music by Les Baxter
Words by Lenny Adelson
Performed by The Crew Cuts and men's/women's chorus
Played during the opening credits and sporadically throughout the film
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Rebel in town
5 June 2009 | by mhrabovsky6912See all my reviews

Hollywood made a slew of so called "B" westerns during the 1950s, mainly black and white 80 minutes jobs meant to fill a second feature at the local theatre.....when I saw the top notch actors in this film I figured it would be worth watching and it was very good....John Payne, J. Carrol Nash, John Smith, Ben Johnson and Ruth Roman round out a very solid cast.....in a lot of these so called B westerns there were a lot of films about confederate soldiers on the run rummaging and pillaging so the plot was somewhat familiar....what set the tone for this film was the slaying of a young boy who was gunned down by a rebel coward, who thought that a cap gun going off was the real thing and he turned around in an instant and shot the kid dead...what follows are real character studies of the rebel family and their self righteousness about how a member of their family killed a little boy and the intense manhunt led by John Payne, the boy's father....Ruth Roman plays a very compassionate, caring mother while grieving for her dead son and tries to instill logic and a level head into her husband Payne who starts to lose his cool nearly every moment in the film.....Strange part to the movie when one of the rebel band is rounded up by Payne and brought to his house not knowing he was one of the rebel band....questions follow and soon Payne realizes his "guest" is part of the family that killed his son....a mob scene follows as usual and soon law and order is restored....in the end Payne nails the real killer (John Smith) in a knife fight in a barn as he tries to escape town....his father, J. Carrol Nash forgives Payne in the end for his son's cowardice..... Payne is reunited with his wife who was at the breaking point with her husband's blood thirst for revenge.....a solid, very worthwhile western, considering it was made rather cheaply by a small studio Bel Air productions..but released by United Artists.....

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Release Date:

30 July 1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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