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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

Certificate:

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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

Universal later reused the story for an episode of the television series 'The Virginian' called 'The Judgement' [1:17] See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Quary: You got to hang that killer! I want to see it! I want to hear that neck of his crack with my own two ears!
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Just a little thing to add.
23 January 2011 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

First, I am so lucky to have caught this film in a letterboxed - wide screen - edition, even dubbed in french. Second, I have nothing to add to the other comments - why always repeat the same things the other users did so good ? - except just one little detail. The sequence where the bad guys lead by Robert Middleton enter the grocery store to terrorize the owner, and just after they have got from him what they want to, so just after they have succeeded in their nasty job, Robert Middleton takes a candy placed on the shop counter and - incredible - takes two coins from his pocket to pay the candies. After he nearly killed the poor shopkeeper, he pays him the candy. I found that absolutely fantastic. I don't know how to say it properly. That's the kind of things that are so rare to see. And I think that's the real expression of power. You may really hurt someone, kill him, destroy every thing in or around him, but you can STILL stay somewhere noble, generous, even if you are besides a real S.O.B. An authentic bastard.

I love seeing, catching such tiny details.


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