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Rough Night in Jericho (1967)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 1 August 1967 (USA)
A former deputy and a strong-willed widow determine to stop a ruthless town boss.

Director:

Arnold Laven

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Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Marvin H. Albert (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Alex Flood
George Peppard ... Dolan
Jean Simmons ... Molly Lang
John McIntire ... Ben Hickman
Slim Pickens ... Yarbrough
Don Galloway ... Jace
Brad Weston Brad Weston ... Torrey
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Ryan
Carol Andreson Carol Andreson ... Claire
Steve Sandor ... Simms
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Harvey
John Napier John Napier ... McGivern
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Storyline

Playing against type, Dean Martin is an ex-lawman who has decided to illegally profit from his abilities. He now owns most of the town of Jericho, and has hired a band of gunmen to enforce his edicts. Outside of town, Martin ambushes a stagecoach that is carrying a passenger, ex-marshal George Peppard. From a hidden spot in the brush, Martin shoots up the coach and rides away. Arriving in town, Peppard meets Jean Simmons who has refused Martin's attempts to take over operation of her stage line. After a few days, Peppard becomes attracted to Simmons, but he sees that the odds against them are too great, and is on the verge of leaving town. But, after Martin physically roughs up Simmons, Peppard organizes the few men in town who are willing to put up a fight, and attacks enterprises that are owned by Martin. Finally, in a showdown, Martin and Peppard battle it out, ironically in the same spot that Martin originally ambushed the stagecoach. Written by WILLIAM L TRAVIS

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Their desires...their hatred...their violence exploded one furious night ! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Violence à Jericho See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Hickman is holding a shotgun on the two deputies, one of the deputies starts undoing his gun belt before he is told to do so. See more »

Quotes

Molly Lang: Mr. Dolan, if you can't handle whiskey, you shouldn't drink.
Dolan: [With quizzical look on his face] Who put who to bed last night?... Hmm?
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Referenced in Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Mr. T (1984) See more »

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Films like this helped kill the western
8 December 2009 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Normally I love westerns, and I am willing to accept some flaws in them, but I found this particular western a chore to sit through. The lead performances, for one thing, hurt the movie. Now, I am not saying that Peppard and Martin were miscast, but they were not directed well here. Peppard seems out of place, while Martin does not come across as ruthless enough to be believable as a villain.

But what really hurts the movie is the script. The mix between comic sequences and brutal action do not fit together very well. Also, the first half of the movie is almost all talk talk talk, and not very interesting talk. And Peppard's character doesn't do anything in that first half to try and change the desperate situation. Things do pick up somewhat in the last part of the second half, but it's too little too late.

By the way, Leonard Maltin's video guide branded this movie as "gory", but by today's standards it's not very bloody.


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