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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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HE TURNED KILLER...for one day! See more »

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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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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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Charlie Hayes: Now listen, Sheriff. I've got something to say so pay attention because I don't like to repeat. Us Hayes are in town on a matter of importance. We get real annoyed if some sly sheriff like yourself took to interfering. So you just keep your nose in your own pocket and maybe you'll get to see the sun go down.
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High Noon off daylight savings time!
11 January 2007 | by MagicStarfireSee all my reviews

At 11 o'clock Judge Jim Scott has to hand down a sentence on Rudy Hayes, a man being held in the town jail on the charge of murder-- having been found guilty by a jury of his peers.

It looks to be a tough job for Judge Scott, played by Fred MacMurray with his pants tucked almost under his armpits. The job gets made tougher when four members of the Hayes family ride into town and begin threatening everyone in sight.

As if that isn't enough for Judge Scott to contend with, his best girl Myra, whom he has been dating for six years, is involved in an affair behind his back with the young sheriff of the town.

There are fistfights aplenty along with plenty of gunfire and quite a few character revelations as the story proceeds.

I thought it was a better than the average western. Although it does end somewhat abruptly, there are no major loose ends left hanging.

7 stars


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