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Day of the Badman (1958)

Approved | | Western | 7 February 1958 (Ireland)
Judge Jim Scott must contend with the vicious relatives of a murderer he's about to sentence...and his unfaithful fiancee.

Director:

Harry Keller

Writers:

John W. Cunningham (story), Lawrence Roman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred MacMurray ... Judge Jim Scott
Joan Weldon ... Myra Owens
John Ericson ... Sheriff Barney Wiley
Robert Middleton ... Charlie Hayes
Marie Windsor ... Cora Johnson
Edgar Buchanan ... Sam Wyckoff
Eduard Franz ... Andrew Owens
Skip Homeier ... Howard Hayes
Peggy Converse Peggy Converse ... Mrs. Quary
Robert Foulk ... Silas Mordigan
Ann Doran ... Martha Mordigan
Lee Van Cleef ... Jake Hayes
Eddy Waller ... Mr. Slocum
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Rudy Hayes
Don Haggerty ... Deputy Floyd
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Storyline

The vicious Hayes clan amble into town on the day Judge Jim Scott is expected to sentence murderer Rudy Hayes to hang. Scott, who doesn't wear a gun, seems unconcerned and businesslike, even when Charlie Hayes makes an explicit death threat against him. But the townsfolk start wondering how much bloodshed one hanging is worth. Complicating factor: the sheriff, Scott's chief ally, is also the secret lover of Scott's fiancee Myra... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Violence...Temptation...Treachery...were the only laws they obeyed! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1958 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Decision at Durango See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Feb. 1958, this film was in wide distribution on a double bill with The Girl Most Likely (1958) starring Jane Powell. See more »

Quotes

Cora Johnson: Charlie, the trial's over.
Howard Hayes: I told you we'd be late. I told you!
Cora Johnson: Rudy's guilty. Murder in the first degree's what the jury said.
Charlie Hayes: Of course he's guilty. We know that. What about the sentence.
Cora Johnson: Judge is going to do that at 11:00.
Charlie Hayes: Well, we ain't too late at all.
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Too much like "High Noon".
21 March 2006 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

"High Noon" inspired many westerns, which I think was very positive, it created a new style. "3.10 To Yuma", "The Fastest Gun Alive", "Warlock" and even the most recent "The Quick and the Dead" all take something from "High Noon". However "Day of the Bad Man" , takes too much, it is like you are seeing a new version of "High Noon". Fred McMurray is the judge instead of being the sheriff, Joan Weldon has the same part as Grace Kelly, Marie Windsor is Katy Jurado, John Ericson is Lloyd Bridges and Lee Van Cleef is himself because he was on both films. "Day of the Bad Men" is an average western, it has good actors, good direction, and would have been much better if it would not be so predictable.


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