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Decision at Sundown (1957)

Approved | | Western | 10 November 1957 (USA)
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Bart Allison and sidekick Sam arrive in the town of Sundown on the wedding day of town boss Tate Kimbrough, whom Allison blames for his wife's death years earlier.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writers:

Charles Lang (screenplay) (as Charles Lang Jr.), Vernon L. Fluharty (from a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Bart Allison
John Carroll ... Tate Kimbrough
Karen Steele ... Lucy Summerton
Valerie French ... Ruby James
Noah Beery Jr. ... Sam (as Noah Beery)
John Archer ... Dr. John Storrow
Andrew Duggan ... Sheriff Swede Hansen
James Westerfield ... Otis
John Litel ... Charles Summerton
Ray Teal ... Morley Chase
Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Baldwin
Richard Deacon ... Reverend Zaron
H.M. Wynant ... Spanish
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Storyline

Bart Allison arrives in Sundown planning to kill Tate Kimbrough. Three years earlier he believed Kimbrough was responsible for the death of his wife. He finds Kimbrough and warns him he is going to kill him but gets pinned down in the livery stable with his friend Sam by Kimbrough's stooge Sheriff and his men. When Sam is shot in the back after being told he could leave safely, some of the townsmen change sides and disarm the Sheriff's men forcing him to face Allison alone. Taking care of the Sheriff, Allison injures his gun hand and must now face Kimbrough left-handed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Décision à Sundown See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning when you first see Tate Kimbrough, you can see the fingernail on his left index finger is black, indicating he bruised it at some point around filming. See more »

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Several coils of rope hanging in the barn where Scott is trapped are secured with modern tape. See more »

Quotes

Sam: [to Bart] Oh, well, we'll both be as dead as a pulled beef by suppertime anyway, but I sure ain't hankerin' to try to argue my way past old St. Peter on an empty stomach.
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Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Scott returns in another solid western
9 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Nice low-budget western with a script that's good by B-western standards, but not quite as good as the ones Kennedy cooked up for director Boetticher. This one has Scott as his usual character, seeking vengeance, but includes the twist that his vengeance turns out to be, in reality, meaningless. Good supporting performances, but the action isn't as convincing as in some of the other Ranown films -- although I did really like the "Spanish" getting stuck in his arm with a hay hook. Gruesome and suspenseful.


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