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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 »

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

Universal later reused the story for an episode of the television series 'The Virginian' called 'The Judgement' [1:17] 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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Not bad but you should watch "High Noon" first.
14 December 2015 | by MartinHaferSee 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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