Day of the Outlaw (1958)

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    Plot Summary
    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

    Robert Ryan ... Blaise Starrett
    Burl Ives ... Jack Bruhn
    Tina Louise ... Helen Crane
    Alan Marshal ... Hal Crane
    Venetia Stevenson ... Ernine, Vic's Daughter
    David Nelson ... Gene, Bruhn's Gang
    Nehemiah Persoff ... Dan, Starret's Foreman
    Jack Lambert ... Tex (Bruhn's gang)
    Frank DeKova ... Denver, Bruhn's Gang (as Frank deKova)
    Lance Fuller ... Pace, Bruhn's Gang
    Elisha Cook Jr. ... Larry Teter (town barber) (as Elisha Cook)
    Dabbs Greer ... Doc Langer, Veterinarian
    Betsy Jones-Moreland ... Mrs. Preston (as Betsey Jones-Moreland)
    Helen Westcott ... Vivian
    Donald Elson ... Vic, General Store Owner
    Robert Cornthwaite ... Tommy Preston, Wyoming Hotel Owner
    Michael McGreevey ... Bobby, Vic's Son (as Mike McGreevey)
    and many more...

    André De Toth

    Writing Credits
    Lee E. Wells ... (novel)
    Philip Yordan ... (screenplay)

    Leon Chooluck ... associate producer
    Sidney Harmon ... producer
    Philip Yordan ... producer (uncredited)

    Alexander Courage

    Russell Harlan ... director of photography


    The stacks of precisely-cut firewood that are often seen in the village must have been made by using C20th machinery.

    At numerous times when they are going through the mountains, it is obvious that the horses are walking in plowed trenches.

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

    Revealing mistakes
    None of the horses has a winter coat of hair.

    At the end of the movie it is supposed to be so cold that the two remaining baddies die of hypothermia. Judging by the breaths of both horses or the men the weather is not really that bad. In fact, numerous times there is no visible vapor at all.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Mount Bachelor, Oregon, USA
    Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
    San Francisco Peaks, Arizona, USA

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    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 13 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Day of the Outlaw is a 1959 Western film starring
    Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, and Tina Louise.
    It was directed by Andre DeToth; this was DeToth's final Western feature film

    The film was based on a 1955 novel of the same title by Lee Edwin Wells (1907-1982), that also ran in several newspapers as a serialized story in the fall of 1955 and others in the late summer 1956.

    Producer Buddy Adler originally purchased the film rights as a vehicle for Robert Wagner.

    Philip Yordan read the novel and insisted on writing a script based on the book.

    Filmed in central Oregon at Dutchman Flat and Todd Lake Meadows near the town of Bend in late November and early December 1958, with Leon Chooluck the unit director doing many of the long exterior shots.

    Yordan called the script "one of the best I've ever written," but said the problem with the film was that the budget, at $400,000, was not big enough. Yordan told author Franklin Jarlett, in his biographical book about Robert Ryan, that DeToth was having personal problems at the time of filming and it was apparent on the set. Other problems included; Ryan was out for a week with pneumonia, snowstorms caused delays in filming, DeToth changed his mind about where some scenes were to be shot (from interior to remote exteriors), and then they ran out of money and just packed up and went back to Hollywood. Yordan lamented what 'could have been.'

    Roger Horrocks, in his book Male Myths and Icons, says that the film
    is a 'gold nugget' and on par with Budd Boetticher.

    User Review

    Robert Ryan Rides Again
    25 August 2001 | by rockbroker (Portland, OR)

    Quote from ROCK

    This is an uncommon, stark western starring the versatile Robert Ryan in tough guy mode, as a ruthless cattleman at odds with homesteaders in a tiny, bleak western town. As he is about to settle a feud with a local farmer, Burl Ives and his band of sadistic thugs ride into town and hold the citizens hostage. As Ives tries to keep his men from raping the women, Ryan must find a way to save the town, and redeem himself in the process.

    Beautiful outdoor photography and solid acting combine with an unusual story line to make this a very interesting, tense flick. The movie eschews the usual western cliches in favor of maintaining a somber, moral tone. Ives excels as an internally conflicted villain. And Ryan, as always, is the man.

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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