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Day of the Outlaw (1959)

Not Rated | | Western | 22 July 1959 (USA)
Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre De Toth)

Writers:

Lee E. Wells (novel), Philip Yordan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Ryan ... Blaise Starrett
Burl Ives ... Jack Bruhn
Tina Louise ... Helen Crane
Alan Marshal ... Hal Crane
Venetia Stevenson ... Ernine
David Nelson ... Gene
Nehemiah Persoff ... Dan
Jack Lambert ... Tex
Frank DeKova ... Denver (as Frank deKova)
Lance Fuller ... Pace
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Larry Teter (as Elisha Cook)
Dabbs Greer ... Doc Langer
Betsy Jones-Moreland Betsy Jones-Moreland ... Mrs. Preston (as Betsey Jones-Moreland)
Helen Westcott ... Vivian
Donald Elson ... Vic
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Storyline

Cowboys and ranchers have to put their differences aside when a gang of outlaws, led by army captain Jack Bruhn, decide to spend the night in a little Western town. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

A Day You'll Never Forget! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tag der Gesetzlosen See more »

Filming Locations:

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Security Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Andre De Toth had the town built in Oregon several months before filming so that the structures would be naturally weathered by rain and snow, not artificially dressed by crewmen. When De Toth learned that the workers had neglected to follow his compass headings for the layouts of the streets, he had them rebuild it. See more »

Goofs

In the town there are puddles of water when everything else is frozen. See more »

Quotes

Blaise Starrett: I'm through being reasonable. I told Crane what would happen if he strung that wire.
Dan, Starret's Foreman: Blaise, we've pulled over some hard hills together, and I've rode behind you all the way. But a wire fence is a poor excuse to make a widow out of Crane's wife. What have you been thinking about all winter - Crane's barb wire fence, or Crane's pretty wife, Helen?
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Connections

Referenced in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: The Ladder (1953) See more »

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White western
4 October 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is an excellent western by Andre de Toth. It is mainly remembered for its final thirty minutes,an extraordinary ride in the snow ,where the director makes the best of black and white pictures while he's filming all the tired horses ...Hell freezes over.

But the first hour is absorbing as well with its depiction of an one-horse town lost in the snow,a dead end where one never really knows which ones are prisoners and which ones are guards .The "ball ",during which the four women are really having a bad time (particularly Tina Louise)is one of the most violent scenes ever filmed in a western .And all they are doing is dancing.It has to be seen to be believed! Robert Ryan is ,as always,excellent ,as a tired blasé man who just wants to live in peace.


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