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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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At last the search was over ... now he was face-to-face with the killers who had dishonored his wife ! See more »

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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

Lucy Summerton: [to Bart] Look, when you're in love the way you must have been, the truth isn't an easy thing to face up to. No man, including Tate Kimbrough, can take another man's wife away from him unless she really wants to be taken. So maybe you didn't lose anything that was really very worthwhile.
[He grabs her as she is leaving, and she slaps his face. He slaps her rump out the door]
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Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Slaves In Sundown
15 October 2012 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Here is a Western that is far above the majority made in the 1950's, and man there were quite a number, that has as much to do about character, motivation, morality, and other deep concerns, not found in a typical trip to the nineteenth century with cowboys and outlaws.

In fact, this is one of those that forsakes the usual focus on the landscape and moves the action to indoors because we are going inside the minds of all the characters and there is nothing open about their thought process, until they make a decision to see themselves as they really were, slaves in Sundown.

There are many players and they all have a part in the drama and sometimes it is amazing that so much could be done in less than 90 minutes. There is much sermonizing and this tale of revenge and soul searching is, nonetheless, another in the highly entertaining and thought provoking films in the Boetticher-Scott stable. Although it seems smaller in comparison to some of the others, it is just as big, and it is just as expansive, only this time it opens the mind and sheds sunlight on the soul.


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