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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.

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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 »

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Decision at Durango  »

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

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Judge James Edward Scott: It is now the obligation of this court to pass sentence. Ordinarily, in a case of this kind sentence would be simple and obvious... but in this case there seem to be conflicting issues. As many of you know there has been talk of banishment. It seems to be the will of a number of people. Mrs. Quary has asked for it and as the widow of the deceased certainly deserves consideration. A committee of the town's most respected citizens has asked for it and their opinion must carry weight with the ...
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Not bad but you should watch "High Noon" first.
14 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Day of the Badman" is a decent film and it stars Fred MacMurray...which isn't bad. But it's also a completely unnecessary film as the plot is essentially a reworking of "High Noon"....so why not just watch "High Noon"?!

When the film begins, you learn that a man was convicted of murder and is awaiting sentencing. However, his family comes to town and begins an intimidation program aimed at getting the guy only a slap on the wrist instead of a proper hanging. Over time, the good townsfolk turn out to be yellow and would rather let the killer go than face the wrath of his scum-bag kin. The only one standing in the way is the Judge (MacMurray).

The only real difference between this and "High Noon" is the subplot about the Judge's girl making time with the Sheriff. This clearly isn't enough reason to merit making the film but is mildly interesting. Competently made but lacking originality.


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